September 29, 2003
The Dallas Morning News officially launches Al Dia - its daily Spanish-language newspaper
Dallas, TX -- The Dallas Morning News today launched its daily Spanish-language newspaper, Al Dia. The new publication, with a circulation of 40,000, is published 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, and provides North Texas Hispanic residents with timely, in-depth local news coverage on issues affecting their community.
Al Dia delivers the most comprehensive local, national, international, news and sports stories in Spanish in Texas. In addition, it provides coverage on health, education, family, entertainment, lifestyles, homes, automotive, and a weekend "Fin de Semana" edition. Al Dia will provide a daily classified section, listings, and useful information, such as how to finance a first car, home, or a college education, and how to navigate in their daily lives.
Bold text and graphics, and clear navigation, add to Al Dia's value as a daily tool for better living. Also launched today is aldiatx.com, a comprehensive news website that will be regularly updated. Al Dia operates independently of The Dallas Morning News, and is located in The Dallas Morning News building in downtown Dallas.
"The Dallas Morning News has put forth a tremendous amount of effort and planning to bring Al Dia, the most widely distributed Spanish daily newspaper in Dallas, to the ever-increasing DFW Hispanic community. We have the largest news staff for a Spanish language newspaper in the Southwest, and the newspaper is available all over in North Texas. We are the only Spanish language daily in the market that can deliver to every doorstep via the strong distribution network of The Dallas Morning News. We also have premium distribution inside leading retailers including 7-Eleven and Fiesta, and you'll also see our colorful racks throughout Dallas/Ft.Worth," said Gilbert Bailon, president and editor of Al Dia.
About Al Dia
The publication features original content supplemented with content from Spanish-language wire services. In addition, the Al Dia staff has access to Belo Corp.'s respected news resources in the U.S. and to the Dallas Morning News bureaus, including Mexico City, which has five Dallas Morning News correspondents, Cuba, South America, and other international locations.
The Dallas Morning News is published by Belo Corp., 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. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.