Utah TV station hires former ABC employee for programming roles

An Idaho TV station has hired a former ABC producer and a former NBC affiliate staffer to work in programming roles, a move that underscores the strength of its partnership with the cable and satellite company that owns both cable and broadcast TV channels.

The station, which is owned by NBCUniversal, said Friday that it will hire former ABC staffer Andrew W. Nesbitt, who previously worked at ABC Studios and the NBCUniversal Studios in Burbank, Calif.

Nysbitt will report to the programming director.

“I think it shows that Utah has taken the leap forward,” said Paul Knepper, executive vice president of communications for NBCUniversal in Idaho.

“We’re not the only state that has done it, but I think the Utah model is certainly a great model for others.”

Nesbett, who has also worked for CBS, was formerly the managing director of programming for NBC Universal TV and a producer for NBC Sports Network.

He previously worked as a producer and director for the NBC Universal Sports Network in New York and Philadelphia, and was the president of NBC Universal Media.

Nessbitt was previously the vice president and managing director for digital for NBCU-TV in Los Angeles and the vice chairman and executive vice chairman for NBC U.S. News & Current Affairs in New England.

He is also a producer at CBS Television Studios in Los Alamitos, Calif., and is executive producer and producer on CBS Television Network’s “The Big Bang Theory.”ABC’s Salt Lake City-based Salt Lake Station, which has a large, international audience, was bought by NBC Universal in February 2017.

The station is one of several in Utah and Colorado to announce that it has hired an ABC employee.

The stations, including Salt Lake TV, also have partnerships with local affiliates in Kansas City, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Provo, Utah.

NBCUniversal has a deal with CBS for 20 years.