March 4, 2004

Belo Television and Cable News operations provided more than 170 hours of election coverage in 2002

Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) saidtoday that its Television Group and cable news operations televised more than170 hours of political coverage in the six weeks prior to the 2002 elections. Belo television stations devoted on-air programming to 30 sponsored debates and coverage in daily
newscasts that included issue and ad-watch programming and candidate interviews. Additionally, 104 congressional and gubernatorial candidates received free airtime as part of Belo's "It's Your Time" program.

WWL-TV, Belo's CBS affiliate in
New Orleans, led all Belo stations with more than 13 hours of political coverage. WFAA-TV, Belo's ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth, and KTVK-TV, Belo's independent station in Phoenix,
followed with 12 hours of coverage each.

All of Belo's 15 news-producing television stations provided election coverage during the period.

Belo's 24-hour cable news
operations contributed significantly to election coverage, led by Texas Cable News (TXCN) with more than 40 hours of coverage.

In addition to the election coverage, Belo contributed more than eight hours of free airtime to candidates through "It's Your Time." Launched in 1996, the
program 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 to make uninterrupted position statements.

"Belo is the clear leader in so many of our markets because we provide a serious, comprehensive approach to news. Our original coverage of the candidates and
critical election issues once again demonstrates this commitment," said Robert W. Decherd, Belo's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Following is a breakdown of election coverage, "It's Your
Time" candidates, sponsored debates, and total broadcast time provided:



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Station


Market


Election

Coverage


"IYT" Candidates


Debates Sponsored


Total Broadcast Time


WFAA-TV
(ABC)


Dallas/Fort Worth


12 hrs., 22 min.


16


2


13 hrs.,42 min.


KHOU-TV
(CBS)


Houston


8 hrs., 29 min.


11


2


9 hrs., 24 min.


KING-TV
(NBC)


Seattle/Tacoma


3 hrs., 31 min.


14


0


4 hrs., 41 min.


KONG-TV
(Ind.)


Seattle/Tacoma


1 hr., 26 min.


0


0


1 hr., 26 min.


KTVK-TV
(Ind.)


Phoenix


11 hrs., 54 min.


10


2


12 hrs., 44 min.


KMOV-TV
(CBS)


St. Louis


5 hrs., 17 min.


11


0


6 hrs., 12 min.


KGW-TV
(NBC)


Portland


8 hrs., 39 min.


10


3


9 hrs., 29 min.


WCNC-TV
(NBC)


Charlotte


6 hrs., 58 min.


4


2


7 hrs., 18 min.


KENS-TV
(CBS)


San Antonio


4 hrs., 50 min.


2


2


5 hrs.


WVEC-TV
(ABC)


Hampton/Norfolk


6 hrs., 14 min.


3


0


6 hrs., 29 min.


WWL-TV
(CBS)


New Orleans


13 hrs., 1 min.


0


1


13 hrs., 1 min.


WHAS-TV
(ABC)


Louisville


8 hrs., 56 min.


5


0


9 hrs., 21 min.


KVUE-TV
(ABC)


Austin


9 hrs., 30 min.


4


5


9 hrs., 50 min.


KMSB-TV (FOX)


Tucson


0 hrs.


4


0


20 min.


KREM-TV
(CBS)


Spokane


9 hrs.


4


6


9 hrs., 20 min.


KTVB-TV
(NBC)


Boise


10 hrs., 35 min.


6


5


11 hrs., 5 min.


TXCN


Dallas/Fort Worth


41 hrs., 19 min.


0


*


41 hrs., 19 min.


NWCN


Seattle/Tacoma


16 hrs., 4 min.


0


*


16 hrs., 4 min.


Total




178 hrs., 5 min.


104


30


186 hrs., 45 min.



TXCN and NWCN
partnered with Belo broadcast stations to present debates. Additionally, TXCN was part of a consortium
that televised four statewide debates.





About Belo
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.