July 23, 2004
Belo's monthly revenue and statistical report June 2004
Dallas, TX-- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) issued today its statistical report for the month of June. Newspaper Group revenues decreased 2.0 percent for the month of June with a 3.1 percent decrease in advertising revenue, however, June 2004 included one less Sunday than June 2003. Adjusting for one less Sunday and including online revenue, Newspaper Group total revenue would have increased approximately 4.7 percent, with an increase of 3.1 percent at The Dallas Morning News, 4.8 percent at The Providence Journal, and 10.4 percent at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. Television Group revenues increased 7.7 percent with an 8.5 percent increase in spot revenue. Political revenues were $1.9 million in June 2004 compared with $178,000 in June 2003.
June Newspaper Linage
At The Dallas Morning News, total revenue decreased 3.5 percent in June with a 5.5 percent decrease in advertising revenue. Adjusting for one less Sunday and including online revenue, total revenue would have increased 3.1 percent. On a reported basis, retail full-run ROP revenue decreased 6.0 percent with increases in the computers and sporting goods categories negated by decreases in the department stores, furniture and grocery categories. Retail full-run ROP linage decreased 1.3 percent. Also on a reported basis, general full-run ROP revenue decreased 3.9 percent with the most significant decreases noted in the packaged goods and automotive categories. General full-run ROP volume decreased 5.6 percent. Classified revenue decreased 11.3 percent on a reported basis versus last year with a 7.9 percent decrease in volume. On a like-days basis and including online revenue, classified employment and real estate revenues increased 7.1 percent and 12.0 percent, respectively, while classified automotive revenue decreased 12.6 percent. On a reported basis, preprints copies decreased 9.0 percent versus last year.
At The Providence Journal, total full-run ROP linage decreased 1.9 percent. Classified volume increased 15.2 percent while retail volume and general volume decreased 12.9 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively. Preprints copies decreased 10.4 percent versus last year.
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 7,900 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 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include 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 more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations, at 214-977-6606. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.
Belo's Monthly Revenue and Statistics
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