March 5, 2004
KING 5 TV nominated as "Best Local Digital Television Broadcaster"
Seattle, WA -- KING 5 TV is proud to announce its nomination for Best Local Digital Television Broadcaster by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Award winners will be honored at a luncheon on March 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. KING 5 is one of only three stations in the country nominated for the honor, presented by Academy of Digital Pioneers (DTV Academy).
KING 5 was the first Seattle station to broadcast in high definition (HD) with the live broadcast of the historic John Glenn space launch on October 29, 1998.
Shortly after, KING 5 began broadcasting a continuous loop of video on KING-DT Channel 48. On April 26, 1999, KING 5 broadcast the first regularly scheduled network (NBC) program in HDTV, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On June 24, 1999, KING 5 News began broadcasting all newscasts in high definition from a studio re-designed specifically for the new technology. A year ago, KING 5 again made history when it converted all of its local programming equipment to Sony High Definition cameras and editing systems. Today, Evening Magazine, continues to be the first and only locally produced nightly magazine show in the country, and Northwest Backroads, is one of the few regularly scheduled weekly shows entirely produced in the HD format.
"KING 5 has historically taken the leadership role in providing the highest quality in news and local programming. The HD technology has further enhanced our ability to bring the best of the Northwest to our viewers and we are thrilled to be recognized by the high definition pioneers in the industry," said Jay Cascio, vice president of programming and creative services.
The award in the category of Best Local Digital Television Broadcaster goes to the local network affiliate or independent broadcaster who has provided its market with the widest range of HDTV content. Consideration is given to broadcasters who have developed their own HDTV programming and those who have gone beyond just passing through network broadcasting content. Other stations nominated in the category include WETA-TV and WRAL-TV.
KING 5 TV is part of Belo Corp., one of the nations largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of Americas 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 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates 10 cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belos daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactives new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information contact Jay Cascio, KING's VP/Programming and Creative Services, at 206-448-3514. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.