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KIRO puts ‘Fences’ back on sked

With mounting viewer protests on one side and increased CBS flexibility on the other, KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, announced it is restoring “Picket Fences” to the lineup on a week-to-week basis.

‘Fences’ pulled

KIRO general manager Glenn Wright pulled “Fences” last week, citing offensive sexual content.

The station, which is owned by the Mormon Church, received more than 1,000 letters, the vast majority of which protested the decision, specifically complaining about the Church imposing its morals on the community via censorship.

Change of mind

Wright apparently changed his mind when CBS, which initially offered advance scripts but refused to give him tapes, changed its mind and will provide tapes.

Executives at KSL in Salt Lake City, which is also owned by the Mormon Church and also removed “Fences” last week, could not be reached for comment.

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