Saturday Night Live Returns To Mormon-owned Tv Station
For the first time in 18 years, Salt Lake City TV station KSL, which is owned by Bonneville Broadcasting, a unit of the Mormon church, has decided to allow NBC's Saturday Night Live to return to its airwaves next season. In a headline, the Salt Lake Tribune called the decision a shocker and reported, Even to the folks at NBC, who weren't expecting The Call they got from the folks at KSL. The station also reportedly agreed not to preempt any regular episodes of the show. During the regular season SNL often drew bigger audiences than any other entertainment program on the network. In Salt Lake City, that audience went to KUCW, which generally airs NBC shows that KSL turns down. Over the past two seasons those shows have included The Playboy Club, The New Normal and Hannibal.