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FOX 13 delivers in-depth news coverage, strong ratings in February sweeps

Station garners top viewership during COVID-19 pandemic
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Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 17:06:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY — KSTU FOX 13 continues to deliver on its commitment to impactful, in-depth journalism that Utah news audiences rely upon.

In the month of February, FOX 13 News was the only local news station to have a reporter covering each day of the 2021 legislative session. FOX 13’s Investigative Team exposed gaps in Utah’s background check system for public teachers, uncovered the local businesses cited for violating COVID-19 guidelines, and alerted the public to the billions of dollars in gains generated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ investment fund.

“FOX 13 News 360” showcased FOX 13’s long-form approach to public affairs journalism with in-depth reports on Utah’s “Dixie State Dilemma,” the debate over law enforcement releasing mug shots, and existential threats to Utah’s vast oil and gas industry.

KSTU’s series, “The Rebound,” continues to address the challenges and creative solutions Utahns are finding to navigate the financial and social hardships of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Utahns expect and deserve more than just headlines from local news stations,” said Marc Sternfield, Senior Director of News at FOX 13. “They want depth of coverage from multiple perspectives, on all platforms. FOX 13 is proud of our commitment to this, and we believe audiences appreciate it.”

The recently completed February sweeps continued the trend of KSTU FOX 13 having the highest news viewership among adults 25-54, winning more time periods than all competitors combined.

Highlights include:

• Early Morning News (4:30 – 6 a.m.) No. 1
• Morning News (6 – 10 a.m.) No. 1
• Midday News (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) No. 1
• Early Evening News (4 – 5 p.m.) No. 1
• Evening News (5 – 6 p.m.) No. 2
• Late News (9 – 10:30 p.m.) No. 2
• Weekend Morning News (7 – 9 a.m.) No. 1
• Utah Lifestyle Programs No. 1
*Source: A.C. Nielsen

“Providing more local news with the highest viewership among Utah local news stations is rewarding. However, what really sets FOX 13 News apart is the impactful, in-depth journalism that we produce every day.” said KSTU General Manager Tim Ermish.

Click here for a full recap of February 2021 sweeps.

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