June 8, 2002
Statement from Robert W. Decherd regarding Saturday's tragedy at The Providence Journal
Dallas, TX -- Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Belo Corp., parent company of The Providence Journal, gave the following statement regarding today's tragic incidents at The Journal's production plant and in nearby Warwick, Rhode Island.
"This is a very sad day for The Providence
Journal and for Belo. We express our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims. We also recognize how hurtful these events
are for the entire Providence Journal Company, especially the friends and close
colleagues of the deceased," Decherd said.
"Belo will do everything possible to support Howard Sutton and our team in Providence as they care for our employees during this difficult time."
The Company said The Journal is cooperating fully with law enforcement agencies and that police would distribute any additional information about the incident and the individuals involved.
For general information about The Providence Journal or Belo Corp., contact
Scott Baradell, vice president/Corporate Communications for Belo, at 214-977-2067 or 214-683-0082. Additional information is available online at www.projo.com