November 11, 2003
Belo promotes Irvin to vice president/Facilities Planning
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today the promotion of longtime WFAA-TV executive John P. Irvin to vice president/Facilities Planning. In this newly-created corporate role, Irvin will be responsible for management of Belo's major newspaper, television and corporate facilities projects Company-wide. Irvin will report to Dunia A. Shive, executive vice president/Chief Financial Officer.
"Belo is planning capital projects over the next several years that are important to our strategic growth plans," said Shive. "John's extensive engineering and operations management experience have prepared him well for these new challenges."
Irvin has been executive director/Operations for Belo's WFAA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth, since 1998. Irvin oversaw the station's engineering and operational areas and was instrumental in the station's conversion to high-definition digital television. He served as WFAA's executive director/Administration from 1988 to 1998 and as director/Broadcast Operations from 1985 to 1988.
Prior to joining WFAA, Irvin was vice president and general manager of KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1983 to 1985 and of WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1980 to 1983. He was program manager for WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1978 to 1980, and for KOTV from 1975 to 1977. From 1969 to 1974, he held a variety of positions at KHOU-TV in Houston, also a Belo station.
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 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates nine 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. For more information contact Scott Baradell, Belo's vice president/corporate communications, at 214-977-2067. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.