KSL Stops Airing NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Because It’s Too Graphic

By Kevin Eck 

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KSL, the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate, has announced on its facebook page and its website it will no longer air episodes of the network series “Hannibal.”

PROGRAMMING NOTE: After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show “Hannibal” on Thursday evenings.
This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 p.m.
NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.

“Hannibal” is a TV show about serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a literary character created by author Thomas Harris and initially made famous by the movie “The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

The Salt Lake City station is no stranger to deciding which network show its viewers won’t see.  In August 2012, the station decided not to air “The New Normal,” a show about a gay couple having a child via surrogate. In 2011, the station passed on airing the NBC show “The Playboy Club.” In addition, KSL doesn’t air “Saturday Night Live,” it airs on CW affiliate KUCW.

KSL is owned by Bonneville International which is owned by Deseret Management Corporation which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

TVSpy called the KSL programming department to find out how large the viewer reaction was and whether NBC had any comment. We’ll update you when we hear back.

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