February 8, 2002
Belo's monthly Revenue and Statistical Report December 2001
Dallas, TX-- Belo (NYSE: BLC) issued today its statistical report for the month of December.
Television Group revenues decreased 6.9 percent for the month of December on a pro forma basis. Newspaper Group total revenues were down 11.2 percent on a pro forma basis, mostly due to lower classified employment revenue at The Dallas Morning News.
December Newspaper Linage
At The Dallas Morning News, total full-run advertising linage, including preprints and supplements, was down 5.0 percent versus last year. Retail volume was up 3.0 percent with decreases in the electronics, professional services and department store categories more than offset by an increase in seasonal retail preprints. General volume was down 21.9 percent primarily due to weakness in the telecom and financial categories. Classified volumes were down 14.7 percent with continued weakness in classified employment.
At The Providence Journal, total full-run advertising linage, including preprints and supplements, decreased 10.9 percent, while total full-run ROP was down 14.9 percent. Retail, general and classified volumes decreased 11.5 percent, 13.7 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
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 $1.4 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 Carey Hendrickson, vice president of investor relations, at 214-977-6606. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.
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Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, changes in advertising demand, interest rates and newsprint prices; technological changes; development of Internet commerce; industry cycles; changes in pricing or other actions by competitors and suppliers; regulatory changes; the effects of Company acquisitions and dispositions; and general economic conditions, as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the Annual Report on Form 10-K.