LDS-owned KSL-TV refuses to air ‘gay’ NBC show ‘The New Normal’Breaking News, Top Highlights Saturday, August 25th, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY – KSL-TV, an NBC-affiliated television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is refusing to air the upcoming NBC show, The New Normal. The TV station is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
The New Normal follows Los Angeles gay couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) and their desire to have a baby. The show is set to debut on NBC Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 p.m.
Jeff Simpson, CEO of Bonneville International was reported by various media sources as saying, “After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”
Several months ago The New Normal incurred the wrath of One Million Moms, the group that tried to boycott JC Penney over the hiring of Ellen DeGeneres, who called on viewers to boycott the show accusing NBC of “… continuing to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage.”
However, Salt Lake City’s CW affiliate KUCW will air the show. Matt Jacquint, general manager of KUCW told The Salt Lake Tribune, “We will air it on the weekends on Channel 30. We’re looking for a time slot right now.”
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