November 12, 2002
More than 100 candidates provided free airtime on Belo Television Stations in 2002; Company also sponsored 30 debates
Dallas,TX --Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) said today that 104 congressional and gubernatorial candidates were provided free airtime during the 2002 election cycle through Belo's "It's Your Time" program. In addition, the Company sponsored 30 candidate debates as part of its expanded election coverage in 2002.
"It's Your Time" was launched by Belo in 1996 and was the first instance of a commercial television station group offering free airtime for congressional and gubernatorial candidates. "It's Your Time" candidates each receive five minutes of free airtime. Since its inception, the "It's Your Time" program has provided free airtime to more than 400 candidates.
In the four weeks prior to this year's general election, Belo stations televised at least 30 minutes of election coverage per week, including debates; issue and ad-watch programming; and, candidate interviews. Belo will release a more complete report on election coverage next month.
Following is a breakdown of "It's Your Time" candidates, sponsored debates, and total broadcast time provided for both:
"It's Your Time" Candidates
Total Broadcast Time
3 hrs., 20 min.
2 hrs., 55 min.
1 hr., 10 min.
2 hrs., 50 min.
3 hrs., 50 min.
2 hrs., 20 min.
2 hrs., 10 min.
5 hrs., 20 min.
6 hrs., 20 min.
5 hrs., 30 min.
38 hrs., 40 min.
* Because of Louisiana's unique election process, "It's Your Time" will be made available by WWL-TV during runoff elections held after November 5.
"Belo is the leading news source in some of the Nation's most important regions because of a unique, longstanding commitment to the communities we serve. 'It's Your Time' and Belo's debate sponsorships are important examples of this commitment, and we're very pleased with the success and apparent impact of these initiatives," said Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Belo Corp. 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. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information, contact Scott Baradell, vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067.