August 13, 2004

KVUE-TV's Patti Smith named Broadcaster of the Year by Texas Association of Broadcasters

Austin, TX -- Patti Smith, vice president and general manager of Austin's KVUE-TV, has been named the 2004 "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

Smith received the honor on Thursday night at the TAB's annual awards gala at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin. The gala was part of TAB's 51st Annual Convention and Trade Show.

The "Broadcaster of the Year" award is presented to an owner or full-time employee of a TAB member television or radio station. The award honors an individual who has made a commitment to excellence over the past year and is an example to others in broadcasting. Smith, KVUE's general manager since 1999, is currently TAB vice president.

"We're proud of Patti's commitment to serving the community of Austin and the broadcast industry in Texas," said Dunia Shive, executive vice president/Media Operations for Belo Corp., KVUE's parent company. "Her passion and drive helped her to become an industry pioneer, as the first woman to direct a newscast in Austin. Today she channels her energies to make KVUE-TV a positive force for our viewers and for the people of Austin, every day."

Smith Career Highlights

KVUE-TV 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 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. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at For more information contact Judy Corneliusat 214.977.6606.