July 23, 2004
WFAA-TV to deliver gavel-to-gavel political convention coverage continuously on its digital channel through November 2
Dallas, TX -- WFAA-TV, Belo Corp.'s (NYSE:BLC) ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, announced today that it will carry 24-hour news coverage on Xpress 8.2 (previously Access8.2), a dedicated digital news and weather information channel, including gavel-to-gavel coverage of both political conventions from Monday, July 26, through election day, November 2.
It will be carried locally both over the air via WFAA-DT and on Comcast Cable in Collin, Tarrant and Dallas counties.
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings will lead coverage of both conventions as the centerpiece of a groundbreaking, 14-week programming venture. The programming, which is called ABC News Now, provides expanded news coverage to participating affiliates. Beyond convention coverage, 24/7 programming on ABC News Now will cover live breaking news events, hourly news briefs from anchors and news reports from ABC News correspondents. WFAA will also feature reports from the conventions, as well as local stories and updates connected to the elections throughout the broadcast day.
"By launching Xpress 8.2 several months ago, we have been able to transmit several signals in a bandwidth that used to carry just one, providing more programming choices to our viewers," said Kathy Clements, WFAA president and general manager. "This new groundbreaking programming is an example of how multicasting will enable us to better serve our communities through our coverage of the political process."
Viewers must have a digital set or digital set top box converter in order to receive the dedicated channel over the air on Access 8.2, Dallas-Fort Worth's first such digital news and weather information channel that was launched last February. Specific program grids and more information about the coverage will be provided online at abcnews.com and WFAA.com.
WFAA-TV is part of Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC), 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 10 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. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information, contact Dave Muscari, vice president/Strategic Alliances, at 214-977-6490.