December 3, 2004
Jackson to assume oversight of Belo's interactive operations
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) announced today that Wesley A. Jackson has been named a Belo vice president and general manager/Interactive, and will assume day-to-day responsibility for the Company's interactive operations effective January 1, 2005.
Jackson, currently vice president/Sales of Belo Interactive, will succeed Eric A. Christensen, who has served as vice president and general manager of Belo Interactive since September 2001. Christensen plans to leave the Company at the end of the year.
"Under Eric's leadership, Belo Interactive has become a real success story, creating innovative products for advertisers and receiving numerous awards for quality of design and content," said Jack Sander, Belo's president/Media Operations. "We appreciate his extraordinary efforts in driving Belo Interactive's financial results to a positive EBITDA position in 2004."
Jackson joined Belo in June 2000 and has played an instrumental role in the success of Belo Interactive as well, particularly in the creation of innovative interactive products.
"Wes has provided strong leadership and vision for the sales division of Belo Interactive, resulting in impressive annual revenue growth year after year," Sander said. "His broad knowledge of media will be critical as Belo's interactive media operations build on previous successes and move into their next phase of development."
Prior to joining Belo, Jackson served in various sales, marketing and management roles for newspapers, radio stations and interactive operations. Jackson was also founder and partner of Lexweb.com, Lexington, Kentucky's first online directory, movie and apartment guide.
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 7,600 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates media franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets); owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo operates more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases and corporate communications, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information contact Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Belo, at 214-977-6626.