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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Olympics TV Coverage Leads to Week-Long Delay of General Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The recent LDS Church press release announcing General Conference indicated that the semi-annual conference would be held on October 7th and 8th. But the release didn't mention that the Church had decided to delay Conference by a week because of the Sydney Australia Summer Olympic Games, allowing LDS Church-owned KSL-TV to fulfill its contractual obligation to show the games and still broadcast conference.

Since 1977, the Church has held conference on the first weekend of April and October, which would ordinarily mean that this year's conference would be held on September 30 and October 1st. But the Olympics made the Church change this year's date. "Because of contractual obligations to carry NBC network coverage of the Summer Olympic Games, public service time to broadcast [General] Conference sessions on KSL television is not available during the weekend of 30 September-1 October," said LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills in a prepared statement on Wednesday.

The Church has delayed or cancelled Conference several times in its history, including cancelling Conference in October 1957 because of a flu epidemic. This Conference will be unique because it will include the dedication of the LDS Church's new Conference Center, which was used, even though construction wasn't complete, for the last Conference in April.

TV Conflict With Olympics Forces LDS Church to Delay Fall Conference
Salt Lake Tribune 10Aug00 N1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack


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