January 14, 2002
Belo names Cass President and General Manager of KTVK-TV and KASW-TV in Phoenix
Dallas, TX -- Belo(NYSE: BLC) announced today that Donald F. (Skip) Cass, Jr. has been named president and general manager of Belo's KTVK-TV (IND) and KASW TV (WB) in Phoenix, Arizona. Cass will continue in his corporate role as senior vice president with responsibilities for Belo's newspaper, television and cable operations in the Southwest. He will continue to report to Jack Sander, Belo's executive vice president/Media Operations.
Belo's media operations in Arizona include television stations KTVK-TV (IND) and KASW-TV (WB) in Phoenix, and KMSB-TV (FOX) in Tucson. The company also manages KTTU-TV (UPN) in Tucson under a local marketing agreement. Belo's regional cable channels include Mas! Arizona, the Southwest's first 24-hour Spanish-language cable news channel, and the Arizona NewsChannel, a cable news joint venture with Cox Cable. In Riverside, Belo publishes The Press-Enterprise with a daily circulation of 168,765 and Sunday circulation of 176,968, and La Prensa, a weekly Spanish language publication. All television stations and newspapers are available online.
In making the announcement, Sander said, "Belo's television properties in Phoenix are truly unique and we have a strong departmental management team in place. Because of Skip's experience in working with our management team there, giving him day-to-day responsibilities for those operations and relocating him to Phoenix to continue his work with our Tucson and Riverside companies is a logical move that illustrates Belo's commitment to this growing and important area for our company."
Promoted to senior vice president in January 2000, Cass, 36, led Belo's corporate communications function until December 2001. He assumed responsibility for the company's Southwest operations in January 2001. Previously, Cass was vice president and general manager of Texas Cable News from May 1998 until January 2000, launching the 24-hour cable news channel in January 1999. He worked in several operational and administrative roles with Belo, including local sales at Belo's WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana; director of operations at Belo's NewsWatch on Channel 15 in New Orleans; manager/finance and administration, and director/cable news operations of Belo's Television Group.
Cass earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University in 1987 and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1991.
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 8,000 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, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 18 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.9 percent of U. S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages two television stations through local marketing agreements. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA.) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX.). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact Scott Baradell, Belo's vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.