November 26, 2002
Lougee, Wilson named to leadership posts at KING-TV, KONG-TV and NWCN
Seattle, WA --Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that David T. Lougee has been named president and general manager of KING-TV, KONG-TV and NorthWest Cable News (NWCN), and that Deborah J. Wilson has been named vice president and assistant general manager of KING, KONG and NWCN, effective immediately.
Lougee, 44, will oversee all three properties with Wilson reporting to him. Wilson, 50, will assist in day-to-day operations with a focus on sales, with the directors of sales from each property reporting to her. Lougee will continue to report to Glenn C. Wright, senior vice president of Belo's Northwest operating cluster.
Belo has a unique and strong combination of media operations in Seattle with KING-TV (NBC), KONG-TV (IND) and NWCN, the regional cable news channel. Belo's Seattle properties are market leaders in television journalism, news ratings and community service. Belo also has a joint sales agreement in Seattle with Paxson Communications Corporation.
Wright said, "With Dave and D.J.'s experience, leadership and management skills, along with our unique properties and talented teams, we have an opportunity to restructure our organization in the Northwest. This new structure will enable us to continue leveraging our resources to strengthen our properties individually and collectively."
Since June 2000, Lougee has been vice president and general manager of KING and KONG. He joined KING in September 1998, coming from WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., where he had served as vice president for news since August 1996. Prior to joining WRC, he was news director at KUSA-TV (Gannett) in Denver for six years. Lougee is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in English.
"We have a great collection of television assets with an extraordinary staff," Lougee said.
"I look forward to building on what has already been accomplished at NWCN and utilizing the people and resources at KING, KONG and NWCN to further improve the journalism, marketing and sales at each property. With D.J.'s ability and sales leadership, we are perfectly positioned to take the next step in our collective growth."
Wilson became director of sales and marketing for KING in May 1998 and was named vice president/director of sales and marketing in January 2001.
Wilson joined KING from WRBC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to WRBC, she had served at KING as local sales manager.
Regarding her new role, Wilson said, "Our ability to meet customer needs and create effective marketing solutions is unprecedented, given the blended capabilities of KING, KONG and NWCN."
About KING, KONG and NWCN
Belo Corp., based in Dallas, 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, Belo's vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067.