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|Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Branding||KSL 5 (general)
KSL 5 News HD (newscasts)
|Slogan||Your News Specialists|
|Channels||Digital: 38 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
5.2 Live Well Network
5.3 Live 5 Weather Channel
(Bonneville International Corporation)
|First air date||June 1, 1949|
|Call letters' meaning||Salt Lake|
|Sister station(s)||KSL, KSL-FM, KRSP-FM, KSFI, KUTR
(through a sister division it is also related to KBYU-TV and KBYU-FM)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1949–2009)
|Transmitter power||546 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSL-TV, channel 5, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The station is owned by Bonneville International, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KSL-TV is based in the Broadcast House building in Salt Lake City's Triad Center, and its transmitter facilities are located on Farnsworth Peak, west of Salt Lake City. The station has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||KSL-HD||Main KSL-TV programming / NBC|
|5.2||480i||4:3||KSL-LWN||Live Well Network|
|5.3||16:9||KSL-Wx||"Live 5 Weather Channel"|
On June 12, 2009, KSL shut down its analog transmitter and began broadcasting its programming over-the-air exclusively through its digital signal, remaining on its pre-transition UHF channel 38. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KSL's virtual channel as the station's former analog channel 5.
On January 1, 2009, KSL discontinued its affiliation with NBC Weather Plus on its 5.3 subchannel due to the service's discontinuation by NBC, and relaunched the subchannel as a locally-compiled automated weather channel, Live 5 Weather Channel, which unlike most digital weather subchannels airs in 480i widescreen. KSL-TV also carried Universal Sports on its 5.2 subchannel until it began to be exclusively distributed through cable and satellite television in January 2012, it was replaced by Live Well Network.
As a primary CBS affiliate
KSL-TV went on the air on June 1, 1949, operating from studios in the Union Pacific Building on Main Street. It was owned by the Deseret News, who also owned KSL radio (AM 1160 and FM 100.3, now KSFI). It was originally a CBS affiliate, owing to its sister radio station's longtime affiliation with CBS Radio. In addition to its primary CBS affiliation, the station also shared ABC programming with NBC affiliate KDYL-TV (now KTVX). The two stations continued to share ABC programming until KUTV made its debut in 1954 as the market's full-time ABC affiliate. The station also broadcast some programming from the DuMont Television Network, and during the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[dead link]
In 1949, KSL moved its studio facilities to Broadcast House on Social Hall Avenue. In 1952, a 370-foot transmission tower was constructed on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains to improve the station's signal coverage along the Wasatch Front and into Tooele County. It also began building a massive translator network that eventually stretched across five states, and now claims the largest coverage of any station in the United States.
KSL-AM-FM-TV was a division of the Deseret News until 1964, when Bonneville International was formed as the parent company for the LDS Church's broadcasting holdings. Soon afterward, channel 5 began broadcasting its programming in color. In 1984, the station moved its Broadcast House facilities to the Triad Center.
As an NBC affiliate
In 1995, KSL-TV became an NBC affiliate, after the network sold KUTV (which swapped affiliations with what is now KTVX in 1960) to a partnership of CBS and Group W as part of a swap involving stations in Denver, Miami and Philadelphia. Initially, NBC sought to reaffiliate with KTVX; but after that station renewed its affiliation agreement with ABC, NBC then secured an affiliation deal with KSL-TV.
On January 14, 1999, a shooter entered the station's Broadcast House facility in the Triad Center, allegedly looking for a KSL-TV reporter. Anne Sleater, an employee of another company that was housed in the building, AT&T Wireless Services, was shot during the incident and later died from her injuries. De-Kieu Duy, a 24-year-old female, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Duy was later found mentally incompetent to stand trial and is currently housed in the Utah State Hospital.
In 2002, Bruce Christensen was named the president of KSL-TV; Christensen was a former president of PBS, the former dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, as well as a former KSL-TV reporter. In July 2010, KSL-TV entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with independent station KJZZ-TV, after the LMA between that station and KUTV concluded after five years. During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, KSL-TV was very influential in bringing coverage and technology to NBC. The station heavily lobbied that the ceremonies be broadcasted live.
In addition to locally produced news and sports programs, and syndicated shows, KSL broadcasts most of the programs seen on NBC's schedule; although it airs Today airs in two blocks – with Rachael Ray, a locally-produced lifestyle program called Studio 5 and the station's hour-long noon newscast airing after the first three hours of Today – the fourth hour of the program then follows those programs; Days of our Lives also airs on a one-hour delay at 2 p.m. (which serves as the network's designated alternate timeslot for the soap opera).
Due to its ties to the LDS church, KSL-TV also airs programs relevant to Mormonism, such as History of the Saints, Music and the Spoken Word and Mormon Times, and pre-empts regularly scheduled programming to carry the bi-annual LDS General Conference. KSL-TV is one of the few remaining television stations in the United States that still signs off at night, doing so at 3:30 a.m. Saturday nights.
As a CBS affiliate, KSL-TV aired the drama Picket Fences at 11 p.m. on Saturdays instead of 9 p.m. on Fridays. The station has also been known to occasionally preempt some programs due to content that station management deems objectionable (many of these preempted programs are picked up for broadcast on CW affiliate KUCW). The station has in the past declined to air the short-lived sitcom Coupling because of its sexual content, as well as much of NBC's poker programming such as Poker After Dark (which has since been canceled due to legal complications) due to ownership, Church and viewership objections against gambling. KSL-TV also preempted The Playboy Club upon its October 2011 debut (replacing it with the locally-produced newsmagazine We Are Utah, which resembles WCVB-TV/Boston's Chronicle in format), on grounds that the series was "completely inconsistent" with the station's own mission and branding; KSL sponsors the "Out in the Light Campaign," which educates people on problems associated with viewing pornography, and the station did not want to be associated with the Playboy brand. The program aired on MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYU/KUTV-DT2 in its Monday 9 p.m. MT time slot until NBC cancelled the show after three episodes. KSL continued to air already filmed episodes of We Are Utah in the 9 p.m. slot until the October 31, 2011 premiere of Rock Center with Brian Williams.
On August 24, 2012, KSL-TV announced it would not air The New Normal due to objections regarding the sitcom's storyline surrounding gay parenting, crude dialogue and potentially offensive characterizations. The New Normal instead runs on KUCW, which aired the show on Saturday nights, while KSL-TV aired the Live Well Network series My Family Recipe Rocks! in the sitcom's Tuesday timeslot. In a twist, The New Normal is the only NBC primetime show that KSL has declined to air since it joined the network in 1995, that lasted at least a full season (other primetime series that the station has declined to air citing objectionable content have, by coincidence, been cancelled by NBC due to low viewership early in their runs). On April 29, 2013, KSL-TV stopped airing Hannibal after four episodes, due to the drama's graphic violent content. The program moved to Saturday nights following Saturday Night Live on KUCW, while Hannibal's Thursday night timeslot is now occupied by a 9 p.m. newscast.
The only preemption that does not necessarily involve objectionable program content is the long-running Saturday Night Live, which the station has preempted since joining NBC in order to air the 90-minute local sports discussion and highlight program SportsBeat Saturday, a holdover from the station's CBS days (KUCW also currently airs Saturday Night Live as a result). Even with its tradition of screening possibly objectionable programs, some, such as The Book of Daniel (which was not shown by several other NBC affiliates, especially in Bible Belt states) and a paid political message criticizing the Iraq War (which featured Cindy Sheehan) have been aired by the station.
KSL-TV presently broadcasts a total of 24 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours on Saturdays and Sundays). Despite its roots in the Deseret News and its link to KSL radio, channel 5 was initially an also-ran in news. That changed in 1965, when the station poached sportscaster Paul James (better known as the voice of BYU football and basketball) and weatherman Bob Welti from KCPX-TV and teamed them with anchor Dick Nourse. Within a few months, channel 5 had rocketed into first place. It would be the dominant news station in Utah for most of the next 45 years, garnering some of the highest ratings in the country. Nourse, James and Welti would remain together until 1991, with Nourse staying on as top anchorman until 2007.
In November 2010, KUTV, long a distant runner-up, unseated KSL-TV in most timeslots, though channel 5 remained ahead at 10 p.m. However, in February 2011, KSL-TV lost the lead at 10 p.m. for the first time in recent memory. In December 2011, KSL-TV restored its lead in every time slot in the Nielsen ratings except one – the early morning news slot on Monday-Fridays (in the 25-54 year old demographic), where the station finished in third place. Since then, however, KSL-TV has dropped back to distant second behind KUTV in most time slots; the decline in KSL's news ratings is attributed to a shift in recent years towards a values-based reporting strategy.
- Your Esso Reporter (1949–1953)
- KSL-TV News (1953–1961)
- Night Report (1961–1964)
- Channel 5 News Final (1964–1966)
- Channel 5 News (1966–1970)
- 24 Hours (1966–1970; 10 p.m. newscast)
- (Channel 5/KSL 5) Eyewitness News (1970–2008)
- KSL 5 Eyewitness News HD (2008–2009)
- KSL 5 News HD (2009–present)
- "Mountain America's #1 News Team" (1970s–early 1980s)
- "The News Specialists" (1981–2004)
- "Great Moments on Channel 5" (1982–1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- "Eyewitness News. Your News." (2004–2008)
- "Your News Specialists" (2011–present)
- Jed Boal - weeknights at 6:30 p.m.; also reporter
- Scott Haws - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Mike Headrick - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also special projects reporter
- Dave McCann - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Keith McCord - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Lori Prichard - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Nadine Wimmer - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also "Staying Safe" feature reporter
- Kevin Eubank (member, AMS; member, NWA) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Grant Weyman (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Len Randolph - weather anchor; weeknights at 6:30 p.m.; also fill-in
- Lynae Miyer (AMS Seal of Approval) - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Tom Kirkland - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., also host of SportsBeat Sunday
- Greg Wrubell - sports anchor
- Rod Zundel - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m., also host of SportsBeat Saturday
- Jeremiah Jensen - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
Local program hosts
- Darin Adams - co-host of Studio 5
- Adam Eakle - host of KSL Outdoors
- Brooke Walker - co-host of Studio 5
Reporters (called News Specialists)
- Andrew Adams - general assignment reporter
- Mike Anderson - general assignment reporter
- Alex Cabrero - general assignment reporter
- John Daley - general assignment reporter
- Andy Farnsworth - traffic reporter; also on KSL NewsRadio
- Jennifer Hardman - features reporter; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- John Hollenhorst - general assignment reporter
- Nkoyo Iyamba - multimedia anchor/reporter
- Geoff Liesik - Eastern Utah reporter
- Carole Mikita - arts and leisure, and religion reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Emiley Morgan - News Division reporter
- Courtney Orton - general assignment reporter
- Shara Park - general assignment reporter
- Sam Penrod - Utah County bureau chief
- Richard Piatt - political specialist; also fill-in anchor
- Lisa Riley Roche - political specialist
- Peter Samore - multimedia journalist
- Jennifer Stagg - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Andrew Wittenberg - general assignment reporter
- Ed Yeates - health and science reporter
- Sandra Yi - crime reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Craig Bolerjack - sports anchor (presently a play-by-play announcer with the Utah Jazz in addition to play-by-play for college and NFL football broadcasts by CBS Sports)
- Jane Clayson - weekend anchor (formerly co-host of the CBS Early Show)
- Paul James - sports anchor (1965–1991, retired; part of Nourse/Welti/James team)
- Bruce Lindsay - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (retired May 23, 2012 after 38 years with KSL)
- Jim Nantz - sports anchor (now the lead sports announcer for CBS Sports)
- Dick Nourse - weeknights at 10 p.m. anchor (retired November 27, 2007 after 43 years with KSL; now working for SALT TV)
- Ruth Todd - Saturday mornings, noon, then finally 10 p.m. anchor (moved to KTVX; now working for SALT TV)
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (January 2013)|
KSL-TV extends its coverage throughout Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, using a network of more than 115 community-owned translator television stations listed below.
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