June 14th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
“The Playboy Club” won’t air until the fall but it’s already been deemed unsuitable for one NBC affiliate in Utah.
Salt Lake City station KSL told the network that the ‘60s-era drama set in Hugh Hefner's famed Chicago establishment just doesn’t fit with what the station aims to show its audience.
"The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for,” said KSL President and CEO Mark Willes. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand.”
The network is a sponsor of a campaign called “Out in the Light,” which Utah Coalition Against Pornography chairwoman Pamela Atkinson explained is a “community-wide effort to educate people on the harmful effects of sexually-explicit material.”
Atkinson wrote a commentary piece about KSL opting to pull “The Playboy Club” from its fall line-up, explaining that the station’s decision was “based partly on the station's concern the program would create a conflict” with the “Out in the Light” campaign.
However, KSL and NBC are trying to find a way to air the show on another channel for that market.
Says KSL’s programming director Michelle Torsak, "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."
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