KSL-TV: Wikis


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Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding KSL 5 (general)
KSL 5 News HD (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)
Affiliations NBC
Universal Sports (DT2)
Live 5 Weather Channel (DT3; 480i widescreen)
Owner Bonneville International
(Bonneville Holding Company)
First air date June 1, 1949
Call letters’ meaning Salt Lake
Sister station(s) KSL radio, KRSP-FM, KSFI, KUTR
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1949–1995)
ABC (1949–1954)
DuMont (1949–1955)
Transmitter Power 546 kW
Height 1267 m
Facility ID 6359
Transmitter Coordinates 40°39′33″N 112°12′7″W / 40.65917°N 112.20194°W / 40.65917; -112.20194
Website tv.ksl.com
KSL-TV downtown studios (Center) in Salt Lake City, Utah

KSL-TV is an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah 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 Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming. 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 Newsradio (AM 1160 and FM 102.7), KSL-TV is also related to KBYU-FM and KBYU-TV in Provo through Brigham Young University (BYU), also owned by the LDS Church. KSL-TV broadcasts from a tower located on Farnsworth Peak west of Salt Lake City.



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 City 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 KTVX) until KUTV 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.[1]

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 KTVX in 1960) to a partnership of CBS and Group W as part of a swap involving stations in Denver, Miami and Philadelphia. 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.


News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Channel 5 Eyewitness News (1970s-1999)
  • Eyewitness News (1999-2004)
  • KSL 5 Eyewitness News (2004-2008)
  • 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)
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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. (KUCW 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 Iraq, 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.[2]


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.


  1. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956, http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_111056-1 
  2. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11665656

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