BURBANK, CALIF., JULY 30 -- NBC's second-largest affiliate, KNBC-TV, plans to protest the all-white membership policy of the club hosting the PGA Championship by refusing to show tourney highlights.
KNBC sports director Fred Roggin said the station will report the results of the tournament, but will join several groups that have withdrawn sponsorship in protest of the club's policy. The Aug. 9-12 tournament will be televised by ABC-TV.
"We're not trying to ignore the golfers or the fans of golf," Jeff Hoffman, a sports producer at KNBC-TV, said here today. "Our stance is directed at the course. We're not interested in publicizing or showing the course on our station."
The membership policy at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., came under scrutiny last month when the club's founder, Hall Thompson, said his club would not be pressured into accepting blacks.
Thompson later apologized for the remark, but the controversy has continued. Major sponsors have pulled their TV ads for the tournament, civil rights groups are planning protests and former PGA champion Lee Trevino says he may not play in the tournament because of the club's policy.
KNBC-TV is the first television outlet to change its coverage policy. Earlier, the Pittsburgh Press announced it would not send a reporter to the event but would publish results.