January 19, 2001
Belo's KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas wins duPont-Columbia University Award for Firestone Investigative Series
Dallas, TX-- Belo(NYSE: BLC) announced that KHOU-TV, the Company's CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas, has been awarded an Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award.
KHOU's investigative team, the 11 News Defenders, received a Silver
Baton for its series on potential problems with Firestone tires.
Following the series, Firestone issued a recall of more than six million tires.
The award-winning investigative team included Anna Werner, investigative reporter; David Raziq, producer; and Chris Henao, photojournalist. The team received the award on January 17 at the 59th annual ceremony in New York City. In making the announcement, Jack Sander, Belo's executive vice president/Media Operations,
said, "This is important ecognition and a high honor for an investigative story of critical importance, which we hope will save lives. We are grateful for the acknowledgement of KHOU's quality reporting and consumer service."
The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards recognize
overall excellence in broadcast journalism and are considered some of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism.
This year's award winners were selected from 600 submissions.
In commenting on the award, KHOU's president and general manager, Peter Diaz, said, "I'm so very proud of our investigative team and the entire station.
This group of dedicated journalists and professionals work tirelessly each and every day to serve the Houston community with what we think is the very best in news, information and entertainment programming."
KHOU began looking into the possibly problem tires in the fall of 1999. On February 7, 2000, the Defenders began their first broadcast, focusing on three deaths and a fatal crash on the
East Coast, each one linked to a Firestone Radial ATX losing its tread.
In addition to receiving a Silver Baton, KHOU was named Electronic Media's Station of the Year in its January 8, 2001 issue.
This year marked -Electronic Media's launch of the annual award, which recognizes a television station that has demonstrated outstanding public service, exceptional performance or pace-setting innovation.
In December 2000, KHOU was also awarded eight Emmy Awards from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) and in
November, KHOU captured the number one position for its noon, 5, 6 and 10 o'clock news broadcasts in the November Nielsen ratings period.
With the exception of Olympic months in February 1994 and 1998, this marks the first time KHOU's news team has claimed the number one position in the highly competitive 10 o'clock news ratings race in more than twenty years.
Belo is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market leading broadcasting, publishing, cable and interactive media
assets. A Fortune 1000 company with more than 9,000 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, Arizona, Southern California, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic
region. Belo owns 17 television
stations (six in the top 17 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U. S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages three
television stations through local marketing agreements. Belo publishes five daily newspapers
including The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise (Riverside,
CA.). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 38 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For
more information, contact Skip Cass, Belo's senior vice president, at 214-977-6602. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.