January 25, 2005

WCNC-TV wins nine regional Emmy awards

Charlotte, N.C. -- WCNC-TV/6 News won in nine categories in the 2004 National Academy of Television Arts and Science Mid-South region Emmy awards. WCNC was nominated for 24 awards, more than any other television station in the state and all other television stations in the market combined.

Of special note, after receiving lasts nights award for "Reporting Live In The Field", Jeff Sonier has won that award three years running, more than any reporter in the history of the Mid-South region. The 6 News Investigative unit's reporter Stuart Watson won as part of the team in the "Investigative Reporting" award category for the Medicaid Dental series of reports. That makes 4 "Investigative Reporting" awards for Watson, more than any other investigative reporter in the history of the region. Finally, The Carolina Traveler Mike Redding's Emmy count now comes to 18, more than any reporter in the history of the Mid-South region.

"The entire team at WCNC/6 News is proud of all this year's Emmy winners. We know it is simply reflective of the great work produced by the team at 6 News. The journalists at 6 News work every day not to win awards though, but to provide outstanding news coverage that serves the people in this community," said Keith Connors, News Director-6 News.

President and General Manager Stu Powell comments, "The recognition of our news team, local entertainment programming and the great technicians behind the scenes demonstrates our real commitment to this community. Viewers in Charlotte and the surrounding counties are being served by one of the best television stations in the country.

It's a privilege to provide the viewers in Charlotte and the surrounding counties the absolute best in local television news. Our viewers are being served by one of the best television stations in the country."

The WCNC-TV winners are:

Big Bikin' Mike, Mike Redding, Andy Benton, WCNC

Drive-Thru Guru, Mike Redding, Andy Benton, WCNC

Mike Redding Stories, Mike Redding, WCNC

Carolina Traveler (7/24/03), Mike Redding, Andy Benton, WCNC

The Investigators: Medicaid Dental Centers, Stuart Watson, Rick Yarborough, Stephanie Johnson, WCNC

Jeff Sonier, 6News Live, Jeff Sonier, WCNC

Hurricane Isabel, Rusty Israel, WCNC

Road Trip, Steve Kiser, Rick Grinstead, Ken Carty, Robert Kachmarik, WCNC

Lozano Compilation, Jorge Lozano, WCNC

WCNC-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 7,600 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 John Rice, Director of Creative Services, 704-329-3684, jrice@wcnc.com.