January 10, 2005
Six Belo television station general managers named president
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that six television station general managers have been named president and general manager, effective January 1, 2005. Each formerly held the title of vice president and general manager.
Those receiving the title of president include Albert "Bud" Brown of KREM-TV (CBS) and KSKN-TV (WB) in Spokane, Mario A. Hewitt of WVEC-TV (ABC) in Hampton/Norfolk, Mark A. Higgins of KTVK (IND) and KASW-TV (WB) in Phoenix, Robert A. Klingle of WHAS-TV (ABC) in Louisville, Stuart B. Powell of WCNC-TV (NBC) in Charlotte and Patti Smith of KVUE-TV (ABC) in Austin.
"These title changes reflect the outstanding results these general managers have produced for Belo," said Jack Sander, Belo's president/Media Operations. Reflecting on the contributions of each, Sander continued:
"Bud has worked in five Belo stations, and since joining KREM in 2000, he has led that station to its top position in news, revenue and community service. KREM has never been stronger or more committed to the Spokane area.
"Mario, a 16-year Belo veteran, has driven WVEC to strong leadership in community service and quality journalism. Mario and his team have WVEC in the strongest news position the station has enjoyed in over 10 years.
"Mark has had a distinguished career, both prior to joining Belo and, particularly, since he became an important part of the Phoenix management team. His guidance, creativity and commitment to excellence are important to the continued leadership of KTVK and KASW in the growing Phoenix market.
"Bob's passion, vision and leadership are the perfect complements to WHAS and Louisville. Bob has recruited and built a quality management team and on-air product.
"Since assuming his responsibilities in early 2000, Stu has grown WCNC in every measurable category. The station's recently announced Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award is the latest demonstration of the quality of its news and service to the Charlotte community.
"Patti and her team serve the Austin community with quality and distinction. Her commitment to all aspects of broadcasting are exemplary, including her 2004 award as Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters."
Sander concluded, "These individuals provide outstanding leadership in their respective markets and our industry, and we look forward to their future contributions to Belo's success."
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 214-977-6626.