May 9, 2001

Belo Directors Re-Elected at Annual Shareholder Meeting; Robinson Retires

Dallas, TX -- Belo (NYSE: BLC) announced today that shareholders re-elected three Class III nominees to the Board of Directors. These directors are: Judith
L. Craven, M.D., M.P.H., a director since 1992 and a regent of the University
of Texas System and former president of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast;
Stephen Hamblett, a director since 1997 and former chairman and chief executive
officer of The Providence Journal Company; and Dealey D. Herndon, a director
since 1986 and Director of Appointments for Texas Governor Rick Perry and president of Herndon, Stauch & Associates, a project and construction management firm.

Maj. Gen. Hugh G. Robinson (Ret.), a Class III director who has served on Belo's
Board since 1989, retired effective at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders today
in conformity with the Company's director retirement policy. Robinson is the chairman and chief executive officer of The Tetra Group, Inc., a construction management firm.

About Belo
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 8,500 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, the Southwest, 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 four daily newspapers including The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise (Riverside,CA.). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 35 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.