KSL Salt Lake City spurns new NBC offering


Gay activist organization GLAAD is taking Bonneville’s NBC KSL-TV to task for turning down upcoming NBC program “The New Normal.” The station feels the content is contrary to the standards of its local audience.

This is the same station that refused “The Playboy Club” are year ago.

According to GLAAD, KSL CEO Jeff Simpson told the Deseret News that the program “feels inappropriate” for its audience on “several dimensions.”

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said, “Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country. We invite Jeff Simpson to sit down with GLAAD and local LGBT families. We know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but by citing ‘crude and rude’ content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah. They should make that right.”

Series star Ellen Barkin took it several steps farther, citing in a tweet content that was acceptable to KSL involving “rape & child murder.” She then asked, “But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?”

According to reports, the program may be picked up by local CW outlet KUCW-TV. Along with KTVX-TV, it is in the process of being sold by Newport to Nexstar.