December 10, 2004
Higgins named vice president, general manager of KTVK-TV
Phoenix, AZ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Mark A. Higgins will be named vice president and general manager of KTVK-TV (IND) in Phoenix, Ariz., effective January 1, 2005. Higgins currently serves as vice president and general manager of Belo's KASW-TV (WB) and station manager of KTVK (IND) in Phoenix.
Higgins will report to Donald F. "Skip" Cass, Jr., Belo's senior vice president who has responsibility for the company's Arizona and Southern California media operations. Cass, who also currently serves as president and general manager of KTVK, will be transitioning his operating duties to Higgins at the first of the year to focus exclusively on his corporate responsibility for Belo's television properties in Arizona and The Press-Enterprise newspaper located in Riverside, Calif.
In making the announcement, Cass said: "Mark and I have worked very closely for the past two-and-half years and during that time, he's been involved in every aspect of running these stations. By naming Mark as our new general manager, KTVK gets the benefit of someone who knows our operations intimately, has instant market credibility and who will allow for a seamless transition."
In addition to Higgins' role as general manager of KASW since 2002, he also directed much of the day-to-day operation for KTVK. As station manager, Higgins' responsibilities have included oversight of the sales, creative services, programming, production, community relations and engineering departments along with lead responsibilities for the stations' cable channels, Arizona NewsChannel and ¡Más! Arizona, produced in conjunction with Cox Communications, as well as the station's sports programming relationships with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes.
Higgins, a native of Arizona, began his career in Tucson as a management trainee with the Tucson Citizen newspaper and later served as director of sales for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Between 1984 and 1989, Higgins worked for KTSP-TV (now KSAZ-TV) in Phoenix, holding the positions of local sales manager, national sales manager and account executive. Since returning to Arizona in 2002, Higgins has also served on the board of the Fresh Start Foundation and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Prior to joining Belo, Higgins most recently served as vice president and general manager of WOFL-TV (FOX) in Orlando and WOGX-TV (FOX) in Gainesville, Fla., since 1999. From 1998 to 1999, Higgins was general manager of KVWB-TV (WB) and KFBT-TV (IND) in Las Vegas and from 1997 to 1999 served as general manager of KUPN-TV (UPN) in Las Vegas. He also held various station management positions with WTVT-TV (FOX/CBS) in Tampa between 1989 and 1997, serving as vice president and station manager, director of sales and local sales manager.
Active in industry affairs, Higgins held the roles of chairman and vice chairman of the FOX affiliates' board of governors from 2000 through 2002. Higgins has served as a board member of the Television Bureau of Advertising's Sales Advisory Committee and the CBS Marketing Advisory Council. He has served as president of the Tampa Bay Broadcaster's Association and on the board of fellows of the University of Tampa.
Higgins attended the University of Arizona and has served as an instructor at Arizona State University and the University of Tampa's postgraduate mass communications program.
About KTVK-TV and KASW-TV
KTVK-TV and KASW-TV are 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 7,600 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. Belo's operations in Arizona reach 95% of homes in the state. In Phoenix, Belo operates KTVK-TV (IND), KASW-TV (WB), azfamily.com and jointly owns and operates the Arizona NewsChannel (24-hour local news) and ¡Más! Arizona (24-hour Spanish language music video and news updates). Belo's Tucson operations include KMSB-TV (FOX), KTTU-TV (UPN), kmsb.com and kttu.com. For more information, please contact Skip Cass at 602-207-3300.