Interesting setback for NBC newcomer, "The Playboy Club:" A Salt Lake City station is refusing to air it. Below is the statement from Mark Willes, chief of SLC's KSL. (Willes, you may recall, was former chief of Times Mirror during a tumultuous period when the company -- which once owned Newsday - slashed payrolls and initiated a controversial LA Times marketing effort that used staff copy with an advertorial tied to the Staples Center).
The networks, by the way, do have ways of dealing with recalcitrant affiliates - NBC even threatened to delist its Boston affiliate after it initially refused to air "The Jay Leno Show."
But one may be left to wonder how many other affils may balk for the same reason?
KSL Television has informed the NBC Network that the station will not carry the program, the Playboy Club, scheduled to begin on NBC in September. The decision is based on the station's long-term policy to screen programming for material which significant portions of our audience may find objectionable. "The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for. We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand." -Mark Willes KSL President and CEO Mark Willes.
KSL programming director Michelle Torsak said, "Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission." KSL and the Deseret Media companies are sponsors of the "Out in the Light Campaign," which seeks to educate people on problems associated with viewing sexually explicit material.