July 23, 2004
WHAS-TV to provide unprecedented 14-week, 24/7 election coverage
Louisville, KY -- For the first time ever, WHAS11 will offer the viewers of Kentuckiana a 24/7 network news channel "ABC News Now" transmitted over a digital signal (WHAS-DT55), beginning Monday, July 26, at noon through election night, November 2. The 24/7 coverage will also be carried on Insight Cable digital channel 130.
This will be the first time a local station will use its digital channel to transmit a network news channel in the history of Kentucky.
"WHAS11 continues to set the standard for the future of television in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. This partnership with ABC News combines cutting edge, digital technology with the nation's premiere news operation to provide our viewers with coverage they can count on 24/7 for the next fourteen weeks," said WHAS11 General Manager Robert Klingle.
Peter Jennings will anchor 25 hours of ABC's Vote 2004 gavel-to-gavel convention coverage, which will serve as the centerpiece of this unique 14-week programming venture. In addition to six hours of exclusive primetime coverage on WHAS11 and the ABC Television Network, Mr. Jennings will anchor more than 23 hours of convention coverage on the 24/7 news channel that will be transmitted on WHAS-DT and Insight Cable digital channel 130.
Beyond its extensive convention and political coverage, ABC News will offer expanded news programming to WHAS11 for transmission over the digital signal. WHAS-DT and "ABC News Now" will deliver live breaking news events, hourly news briefs and original reports from ABC News correspondents over the course of the 14 weeks, culminating in special election night coverage.
"ABC News is delivering old fashioned gavel-to-gavel coverage in a new way, with a new medium," said ABC News president David Westin. "ABC News and WHAS11 are committed to bringing our audience the most complete coverage possible of this election, starting with 25 hours of primetime convention coverage and continuing through Election Night. Additionally, this unique 14-week programming venture gives WHAS11 the opportunity to expand news coverage for their digital spectrum during a period of intense interest in politics and news. We look forward to working with WHAS11 to provide the strongest, most comprehensive political coverage available."
WHAS11 is owned by Dallas-based Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC). Belo's ABC affiliates -- KVUE-TV (Austin), WFAA-TV (Dallas/Fort Worth), WVEC-TV (Hampton/Norfolk), -- will also carry the 24/7 coverage on a dedicated digital channel.
Programming highlights from extensive convention coverage of "ABC News Now" on WHAS-DT55, Insight Digital Cable 130 include:
* Peter Jennings and George Stephanopoulos will introduce all "ABC News Now" coverage on Monday July 26 at noon on WHAS-DT. Terry Moran, Hari Sreenivasan and Gigi Stone will share anchor responsibilities throughout the day.
* Peter Jennings will anchor live coverage of the conventions beginning at 8 p.m. each evening on WHAS11's digital signal (WHAS-DT). He will be joined by the expert team of ABC News anchors and correspondents. On the nights when Mr. Jennings is anchoring coverage on the ABC Television Network, Bob Woodruff or Terry Moran will assume the primetime anchor responsibilities for the 24/7 coverage.
* "Trail Mix," an interactive "pre-game" program co-anchored by Sam Donaldson in Boston and Hari Sreenivasan in New York will air at 7 p.m. on WHAS-DT. This original programming features newsmaker guests and political analysts.
* From 1 p.m.to 1:30 p.m. each day, WHAS-DT will air "Politics LIVE." This live daily political newscast (until now seen only on broadband) reports the most interesting political developments of the day. Peter Jennings will anchor "Politics LIVE" on Monday, July 26.
* From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., WHAS-DT "ABC News Now" convention coverage will draw on correspondents on the scene, various live guests, including delegates and elected officials, and existing ABC News interviews and reports.
* WHAS-DT "ABC News Now" will air original business programming beginning each morning beginning at 9:20 a.m. before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and concluding at 10 a.m.
* Morning programming will also include a review of what took place at the convention the night before, with political reports and interviews drawn from ABC News programming that has aired earlier.
* From midnight until 3 a.m. each day, WHAS-DT "ABC News Now" will air an extended replay of convention highlights from the previous day.
WHAS11 is part of Belo Corp., 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 operatesseven 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 Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, at 502-582-7870.