Mormon-Owned NBC Affiliate to Air First-Run Episodes of 'Saturday Night Live'
"Saturday Night Live" will finally air on KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, years after it refused to carry the sketch show. The station, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has decided to broadcast new episodes of the variety series starting September 28 at 10:30 P.M. with the show's 39th season.
"Starting this fall, KSL is pleased to welcome Saturday Night Live to its weekly line-up, on Saturday nights at 10:30," KSL announced through its Facebook page. "More changes and updates to the fall line-up are coming soon -- stay with us and we'll keep you posted!"
Although it has aired "SNL" re-run on earlier Saturday slot, KSL has not run the regular show since it became NBC affiliate in 1995. According to Tami Ostmark, KSL-TV's vice president of marketing, research and promotion, content was never the issue with "SNL". She insisted that they didn't carry "SNL" before because they didn't want to preempt a local sports talk show that aired at the same time.
KSL is known for banning some of NBC's shows due to "inappropriate content", including "Hannibal", "The New Normal" and "The Playboy Club".
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