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KJZZ Scraps Newscasts

Independent KJZZ Salt Lake City aired its 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts for the last time May 31. Its news was produced by KUTV, which is owned by Four Points Media and managed by Nexstar. The news partnership lasted close to five years.

KJZZ and KUTV did not return calls at presstime. A KJZZ receptionist confirmed that the two newscasts were eliminated. The station website says Better Utah now airs at 9 a.m. and Scrubs has a double run at 9 p.m.

KJZZ is owned by Larry H. Miller Communications. It was a MyNetworkTV affiliate until almost two years ago, when the affiliation went to KCSG.

It's extremely rare for a station to get rid of its slate of newscasts. WYOU Scranton-Wilkes Barre did so in 2009; that station is owned by Mission Broadcasting and managed by Nexstar.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.