May 22, 2002
Belo's KVUE-TV wins 2002
Dallas, TX --Belo (NYSE: BLC) announced today that its ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas, KVUE-TV, has won the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation's (NABEF) 2002 Service to America Television Award, the organization's highest award for the ongoing commitment to excellence in community service. The award will be presented at the Service to America Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2002.
"The term 'Service to America' embodies the commitment that KVUE has made to its community over the years. It is an honor for the staff and all of our partners within the community to be recognized in this manner by the National Association of Broadcasters," said Patti C. Smith, vice president/General Manager of KVUE.
Each year KVUE produces events, campaigns, and fundraisers providing support to the community of Austin. In 2001, the station teamed with partners to facilitate more than 15 community outreach projects.
Notable programs included a hotline for viewers interested in free medical advice for children; the establishment of a child car safety seat inspection station; the distribution of more than 16,000 coats during an annual "Coats for Kids" campaign; and the screening of 1,100 women for breast cancer via a mobile mammography van. Other station efforts focused on issues pertaining to education, hunger, and crime prevention. When unexpected tragedy hit, KVUE raised $58,000 for the family of Keith Ruiz, a county deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty.
Following the events of September 11, KVUE, along with other Belo operating companies, formed the "Spirit of America" fund for the people whose lives were tragically altered on that day. Belo operating companies raised more than $11 million for the American Red Cross.
Jack Sander, executive vice president/Media Operations, said: "We are proud of KVUE's commitment to its community. All Belo operating companies strive for the same high standard of service, creating strong bonds with our audiences and benefits to the communities we serve."
Belo is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 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 19 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 one television station through a local marketing agreement. 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, vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.