What Is KSL?

KSL is an NBC-affiliated television station that broadcasts out of Salt Lake City, Utah. It provides local and international news stories as well as sports news and entertainment programs. It has a sister radio station, KSL Radio.

KSL first aired in 1949 as a CBS-affiliate station. At that time, it also began sharing ABC-affiliated programming with KDYL-TV. In 1995, ownership changed, and KSL became an NBC-affiliated station. As of 2015, KSL is owned by Bonneville International, a media and broadcasting company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bonneville also owns television stations in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle.

The KSL station itself made the news in 1999, when a shooter entered the station claiming to be looking for a KSL-TV reporter. An employee of AT&T Wireless Services, who had an office in the building, was shot and killed during the incident.

Since KSL is tied to the LDS Church, it often airs shows about Mormonism in addition to its local, syndicated and NBC programming. The station also refuses to air certain shows that it feels contain objectionable content. One of these shows was the 2012 NBC primetime show "The New Normal," a sitcom whose storyline involved gay parenting.