(Bonneville International Corporation, who owns KTTH and the KIROs, ayem and effem, is wholly owned by the LDS Church through its for-profit arm, Deseret Management Corporation).
It may be why Michael Savage was quietly dumped from KTTH a few months ago.
It may be a glimpse into the opaque future of the Seattle cluster, so roiled of late.
At the Salt Lake City Bonneville mother ship, KSL, Hannity might soon leave a large hole in the weekdaily lineup, according to Trib reporter, Glen Warchol.
According to Warchol, the Code of Deseret Media was installed last year and has forced a “‘reawakening to righteousness,’ and ‘puritanical purge’ and series of ‘reorganizations’ at the Deseret News that replaced experienced reporters and editors with younger, more light-filled and devout (and often cheaper) people.”
It's controversial: Hannity has a large and passionate local audience and long ties to the city.
[Chief executive Mark] Willes’ new mission statement, some might call it a creed, includes pledges like: "I seek to lift, inspire, and help others find enduring happiness" and "I promote integrity, civility, morality, and respect for all people," and "I seek to instill light and knowledge in my work." As you can imagine, Sean Hannity, who is beloved by his listeners for saying things like -- "I'll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo -- every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress," has a large problem in the civility-respect area.
(photo: Hannity, "a large hole")
We’ve long called out the LDS Church for Beck’s excesses.
130 or so advertisers have dropped Beck for his not-so-veiled race-baiting. Beck has gone off the compound with his apocalyptic Mormonism as espoused by his hero, the late and deeply paranoid W.Cleon Skousen, from whom even his own Church has publicly distanced itself.
(photo: Savage, "a big dump")
Could this happen in radio? A major media corporation choosing to forfeit a money-maker for professed moral principles? It'd be a first in talk history.
We are very skeptical.As Warchol puts it: “However the Hannity issue comes out, it will be an acid test of values-over-profit for church-owned media.”