From the General Manager

WRAL changes language policy for SNL

Posted November 19, 2016

WRAL-TV received diverse opinions regarding our treatment of the Nov. 12, 2016, episode of “Saturday Night Live.” After careful consideration, we are revising our policy.

“Saturday Night Live” has a 40-year history of cutting-edge, late-night comedy. Most viewers have unique expectations when they watch SNL – expectations that clearly differ from those of any other program on WRAL-TV.

As a result, we have revised our policy and procedures specifically for the weekly airings of SNL. Effective Nov. 19, all words allowed by NBC will be heard during SNL as it airs on WRAL-TV.

Our viewers were notified of this change in an on-air message immediately before the November 19 edition.


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  • Clayton Dent Nov 28, 2016
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    I don't think he was talking about "race". "Vocal minotity" means "a few that protested".

  • Elaine Saunders Nov 20, 2016
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    Great job lowering your standards WRAL. Sure liked you better when you were with CBS

  • Sheryl Caps Nov 20, 2016
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    Why is always about race? Get some God in you life. Lord help these folks.............

  • Josh Anderson Nov 20, 2016
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    Nice...the vocal minority wins again! Imagine if you actually stood up for what you claim to believe.