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KSL-TV downtown studios (Center) in Salt Lake City, Utah
KSL-TV is an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake Citymarker, Utahmarker that broadcasts locally in digital on UHF channel 38, and brands itself as "Channel 5." (Although KSL permanently ceased analog broadcasts on VHF channel 5 on June 12, 2009, the station is still available on channel 5 for most viewers via virtual channel mapping.) A large translator network extends coverage throughout the state and into portions of Arizonamarker, Idahomarker, Nevadamarker, and Wyomingmarker. KSL-TV is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A sister station to KSL Newsradiomarker (AM 1160 and FM 102.7), KSL-TV is also related to KBYU-FM and KBYU-TVmarker in Provomarker through Brigham Young Universitymarker (BYU), also owned by the LDS Church. KSL-TV broadcasts from a tower located on Farnsworth Peakmarker west of Salt Lake City.

History

KSL-TV began transmission on June 1, 1949. It broadcast from the radio station's cramped studio facility on Social Hall Avenue in downtown Salt Lake Citymarker until 1984, when it moved to 5 Triad Center. It was a primary CBS affiliate owing to KSL-AM's long affiliation with CBS Radio. However, it shared ABC programming with KDYL-TV (now KTVXmarker) until KUTVmarker signed on in 1954 as an ABC affiliate. It also broadcast DuMont programming. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.

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' broadcasting holdings.

In 1995, NBC sold KUTV (which swapped affiliations with what is now KTVXmarker in 1960) to a partnership of CBS and Group W as part of a swap involving stations in Denvermarker, Miamimarker and Philadelphiamarker. Originally, NBC sought to reaffiliate with KTVX; but after KTVX renewed its ABC affiliation, NBC then secured an affiliation agreement with KSL-TV.

KSL-TV experienced a scare in 1999 when a shooter entered the Triad Center, allegedly looking for a KSL-TV reporter. An employee of another company in the building was shot during the incident, resulting in her later death. De-Kieu Duy, a 24-year-old female, was arrested in connection with the incident. She has been declared incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness, and is currently awaiting trial while committed at Utah State Hospital.

In 2002, Bruce Christensen was named the President of KSL-TV. Christensen is the former president of PBS, the former dean of BYU's College of Fine Arts and Communications, as well as a former reporter for KSL-TV.

Personalities

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • (Channel 5) Eyewitness News (1970s-1998)
  • KSL 5 Eyewitness News (1998-2009)
  • KSL 5 Eyewitness News HD (2008-2009)
  • KSL 5 News HD (2009-present)


Station Slogans

  • 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)


Programming

KSL-TV airs most NBC programming, as well as locally-produced news and sports programs.

KSL has decided to not air some NBC programs, partly due to its ownership by the highly conservative Mormon church. The short-lived sitcom Coupling and the long-running Saturday Night Live are two examples. SNL is preempted for the local SportsBeat Saturday, a holdover from the station's CBS days. (KUCWmarker currently airs Saturday Night Live in the Salt Lake City market instead.) KSL also airs semiannual LDS General Conference as it is held, preempting any programs in the affected time slots.

Though KSL has decided to not air certain programs, some controversial programs have aired on KSL, such as The Book of Daniel (which was not shown by a few other NBC affiliates, especially in Bible Belt states) and a paid political message criticizing the war in Iraqmarker, which featured Cindy Sheehan.

KSL-TV still signs off at night, doing so at 3:30 am Saturday nights.

On January 1, 2009 KSL discontinued their version of NBC Weather Plus due to discontinuation of the service by NBC, and relaunched the 5.3 subchannel as a locally-compiled automated weather channel, Live 5 Weather Channel, which unlike Weather Plus airs in 480i widescreen.

On June 12, 2009, KSL ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally.

Translators

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.

City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Alton, Utahmarker K13OR Green River, Utahmarker K05BK Orangeville, Utahmarker K24FI
Antimony, Utahmarker K05DO Green River, Utahmarker K13DB Orderville, Utahmarker K05DU
Beaver, Utahmarker, etc. K13CV Hanksville, Utahmarker K13LS Overton, Nevadamarker K54CJ
Beaver, Utahmarker, etc. K24FE Hanna, Utahmarker, etc. K11ND Panguitch, Utahmarker K05BB
Beowawe, Nevadamarker K09XP Hatch, Utahmarker K13NT Park City, Utahmarker, etc. K27GD
Big Piney, Wyomingmarker, etc. K10HO Hebermarker & Midway, Utahmarker K27GC Parowan, Utahmarker K36AI
Bigelow Bench Area, Wyoming K36DD Helper, Utahmarker K09BQ Peoamarker & Oakley, Utahmarker K12JM
Blandingmarker & Monticello, Utahmarker K42AD Henefer, Utahmarker, etc. K12AY Pine Valley, Utahmarker, etc. K08EN
Bloomington, Utah K20GJ Henrieville, Utahmarker K13XL Preston, Idahomarker K23GR
Boulder, Utahmarker K12JR Hildale, Utahmarker, etc. K11QQ Preston, Idahomarker K33GF
Caineville, Utah K13MQ Huntsville, Utahmarker, etc. K52CS Preston, Idahomarker K40GZ
Capitol Reef National Park, Utahmarker K12JH Kanab, Utahmarker K05AX Price, Utahmarker K47GP
Carlin, Nevadamarker K13BB Kanarraville, Utahmarker K12CD Randolphmarker & Woodruff, Utahmarker K36FS
Cedar Canyon, Utah K10MF Koosharem, Utahmarker K12CT Randolph, Utahmarker K09BA
Cedar City, Utahmarker K13CP Laketown, Utahmarker K12MI Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K07CQ
Cedar City, Utahmarker K47IS Leamington, Utahmarker K46DK Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K32HU-D
Cedar City, Utahmarker, etc. K35HG Loa, Utahmarker, etc. K03AU Rockville, Utahmarker K05AR
Circleville, Utahmarker K13EK Logan, Utahmarker K45GL Roosevelt, Utahmarker, etc. K08CS
Coalville, Utahmarker K13DP Logan, Utahmarker K47HW Rural Juab County, Utahmarker K47BD-D
Cooper Canyon, Nevada, etc. K06FQ Long Valley Junction, Utah K03CX Rural Sevier County, Utahmarker K39GN
Cora, Wyomingmarker, etc. K05DK Lundmarker & Preston, Nevadamarker K12DE Ruth, Nevadamarker K11ED
Delta, Utahmarker, etc. K39FR Malad City, Idahomarker, etc. K50DH Samak, Utahmarker K13VT
Dingle, Idaho, etc. K13QY Manila, Utahmarker, etc. K05FJ Santa Clara, Utahmarker, etc. K35FS
Duchesne, Utahmarker, etc. K12DL Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K13FF Scipiomarker & Holden, Utahmarker K12DH
Duckwater, Nevada, etc. K29GM Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K26IH-D Scofield, Utahmarker K12CE
East Price, Utahmarker K05GX Marysvale, Utahmarker K05BH Sigurd, Utahmarker & Salina, Utahmarker K12CJ
Elko, Nevadamarker K32GK Mayfield, Utahmarker K11JK Spring Glen, Utah, etc. K12AZ
Ely, Nevadamarker K30CN McKinnon, Wyomingmarker, etc. K29CR Steptoemarker & Ruby Valleymarker, Nevada K12KO
Emery, Utahmarker K41GV Minersville, Utahmarker K05AT Summit County, Utahmarker K49FY
Emery, Utahmarker K49GB Minersville, Utahmarker K17HX-D Teasdalemarker & Torrey, Utahmarker K05BG
Enterprise, Utahmarker K07ED Mink Creek, Idaho K13HA Ticaboo, Utahmarker K05JS
Escalante, Utahmarker K05DV Modena, Utahmarker K29FA Toquerville, Utahmarker K07CG
Eureka, Utahmarker K39CR Montezuma Creekmarker & Aneth, Utahmarker K05JN Tropic, Utahmarker, etc. K05FY
Fillmore, Utahmarker, etc. K38GT Montpelier, Idahomarker K19DQ Utahn, Utah K11TL
Fish Lake Resort, Utah K03DE Morgan, Utahmarker, etc. K12GI Vernal, Utahmarker, etc. K11DF
Fruitland, Utahmarker K08JD Mount Pleasant, Utahmarker K12CC Virgin, Utahmarker K08BO
Garfield, Utah, etc. K20GE Mountain View, Wyomingmarker, etc. K09DI Wanship, Utahmarker K10KO
Garfield, Utah, etc. K49AG Murray Canyon, Nevada K11EE Wendover, Utahmarker K12EB
Garrison, Utahmarker, etc. K13OJ Myton, Utahmarker K21FT Woodlandmarker & Kamas, Utahmarker K42FA
Grace, Idahomarker, etc. K13AY Oljeto, Utah K05LF


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