Park City, Utah (April 1) - Just weeks after KSL-TV was bumped from the top spot in the Salt Lake City ratings war, Park City Television (PCTV) announced that it is purchasing the station from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for an undisclosed amount.
"We knew that KSL was hurting after the last ratings period, and we thought that now was as good a time as any to expand our brand," said PCTV owner and general manager Stanton Jones. "Plus, we've always wanted a helicopter for private ski trips. Winning!"
PCTV will immediately acquire the station's assets and will move all broadcast operations to its Park City studio.
Park City Mayor Dana Williams cheered the move saying "this is a big deal for Park City. The Salt Lake stations have long ignored happenings here in the mountains, and now it's time to return the favor."
According to Jones, while normal NBC programming will remain in place, the scrapbooking-heavy Studio 5 morning show will be replaced with mountain bike repair and ski wax segments. News coverage will focus less on truck rollovers on I-15 and more on local debate between whether the No-Name Saloon or O'Shucks has the best happy hour specials.
The purchase is subject to FCC approval.