February 7, 2003
Belo's monthly Revenue and Statistical Report December 2002
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) issued today its statistical report for the month of December. Television Group revenue increased 12.6 percent for the month of December with a 12.8 percent increase in spot revenue. Newspaper Group total revenue increased 4.6 percent with a 5.4 percent increase in advertising revenue.
December Newspaper Linage
At The Dallas Morning News, total advertising revenue increased 5.0 percent in December, with a 2.8 percent increase in total full-run advertising linage, including preprints and supplements. Retail full-run ROP revenue was up 6.6 percent with a 3.5 percent increase in full-run ROP volume.
The most significant increases were in the entertainment and apparel categories. A significant increase in telecom advertising led to an increase in general full-run ROP revenue of 12.0 percent.
General full-run ROP volume increased 6.4 percent. Classified revenue was down 4.1 percent with a 4.3 percent decrease in volume. Adjusting December for like days, including appropriate Thanksgiving weekend comparisons, help wanted volumes were down 30 percent in December. Classified employment revenue decreased 29.2 percent on a non-adjusted basis.
Classified automotive revenue was up 7.5 percent and classified real estate revenue decreased 3.7 percent. Preprints and TMC revenue increased 10.7 percent over last year.
At The Providence Journal, total full-run advertising linage, including preprints and supplements, decreased 0.7 percent, and total full-run ROP increased 2.3 percent. Retail and general volumes, including preprints, were up 1.6 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively. Classified volume decreased 17.0 percent.
At The Press-Enterprise, total full-run advertising linage, including preprints and supplements, increased 1.8 percent, while total full-run ROP was down 1.8 percent. Retail and general volumes, including preprints, increased 7.8 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. Classified volume decreased 10.2 percent.
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 13.7 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.
Statements in this communication concerning the Company's business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, capital expenditures, investments or other financial or operating items and other statements that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" as the term is defined under applicable Federal Securities Laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements.
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; general economic conditions; and significant armed conflict, 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.
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