January 18, 2005
Belo operating companies raise more than $3.6 million for victims of the South Asia tsunami
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) announced today that its television stations, newspapers and cable operations have partnered locally with charities, civic organizations, businesses and other media to raise more than $3.6 million for the tsunami relief effort in South Asia. Many of the fundraising efforts continue.
Belo properties mobilized fundraising campaigns shortly after the tsunami struck on December 26, pooling community-wide resources to launch telethons, special newscasts, charity-related news stories and other grassroots fundraising efforts drawing attention to the plight of the victims.
"The humanitarian outpouring from Americans that we have witnessed firsthand in the communities we serve is humbling and heartening," said Jack Sander, Belo's president/Media Operations. "I'm very proud of the local efforts our television stations, cable channels and newspapers have made in extending a hand to people and nations who have been devastated. All of us at Belo offer the victims our sympathy and prayers."
A summary of the fundraising efforts is provided below:
|Belo Media Properties||Tsunami Fundraising Efforts|
Belo Northwest Properties
Portland - KGW-TV (NBC)
Spokane - KREM-TV (CBS)/KSKN-TV (WB)
Boise - KTVB-TV (NBC), 24/7 Cable News
|KING-TV partnered with Bank of America to create the "Northwest Response: Tsunami Relief Fund," which encouraged donations online and at bank locations. The station also broadcast a one-hour telethon that was simulcast on KONG-TV, NWCN, KREM-TV and KSKN-TV. KGW-TV aired its own one-hour telethon. Other promotional efforts included Public Service Announcements and special broadcasts on charitable organizations. Donations collected by these properties will go to various charities, including Mercy Corps, World Vision and Northwest Medical Teams.|
Belo Southwest Properties
Tucson - KMSB-TV (FOX)/KTTU-TV (UPN)
Riverside, CA - The Press-Enterprise
Phoenix KTVK-TV (IND)/KASW-TV (WB)
|Belo properties in the Southwest partnered with local banks and area schools, setting up "800" numbers, phone banks and community-based donation locations. Other promotional efforts included PSAs and special stories on charitable organizations. Donations collected by these properties will go to various charities, including The Salvation Army.|
Belo Texas Properties
Houston - KHOU-TV (CBS)
San Antonio - KENS-TV (CBS)
Austin - KVUE-TV (ABC)
Dallas/Fort Worth - WFAA-TV (ABC), Texas Cable News, The Dallas Morning News, Denton Record-Chronicle
|Belo properties in Texas, in various efforts, partnered with former Presidents Bush and Clinton, local radio stations and businesses to produce a variety of fundraising events, including a daylong telethon featuring former President George H.W. Bush, a one-day on-location fund drive, PSAs and special stories about charitable organizations. Donations collected by these properties will go to several charities, including the Bush-Clinton Houston Tsunami Fund, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.|
Belo Mid-Atlantic & Rhode Island Properties
Charlotte - WCNC-TV (NBC)
Hampton/Norfolk - WVEC-TV (ABC)
New Orleans - WWL-TV (CBS)
Louisville - WHAS-TV (ABC)
Providence - The Providence Journal
St. Louis - KMOV-TV (CBS)
|Belo Mid-Atlantic & Rhode Island properties, in various efforts, partnered with grocery stores, banks, credit unions and other media to organize community fundraising campaigns. Other promotional efforts included PSAs and special stories on charitable organizations. Donations collected by these properties will go to various charities, including the American Red Cross.|
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 & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.