April 6, 2005
Belo television stations win record 38 regional Murrow awards, leading all other media companies nationwide
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that its television stations earned 38 Edward R. Murrow Awards for 2005 in regional competitions across the country, a record number for the Company. Belo led all other media companies nationwide in the total number of awards won, outpacing the nearest competitor by almost 50 percent. Overall, Belo stations won nearly 40 percent of the awards for which they were eligible to compete in 10 categories. They competed in seven of the 13 Murrow regions nationally.
"Winning a record number of regional Murrow Awards reflects Belo Television Group's focus on delivering a superior brand of journalism for our viewers," said Jack Sander, president/Media Operations. "We are extremely proud of all the outstanding news professionals at Belo who produced this award-winning coverage and content. Through their commitment to making a difference in people's lives in our local communities every day, they have also helped Belo stations become the #1 ranked television station in 11 of our 15 broadcast markets with two additional stations holding the #2 position."
KVUE-TV in Austin virtually swept its Region 6 small market category, winning 9 of 10 awards. WCNC-TV in Charlotte won six of 12 large market awards in Region 8 while WWL-TV in New Orleans won five of eight large market awards in Region 9. Three Belo stations KVUE, WCNC and KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma were honored for overall excellence.
In Region 6, which includes Texas and Oklahoma, Belo stations won 15 of a possible 22 awards in the television large and small market categories. In Region 1, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, Belo stations won 10 of 21 awards.
A complete list follows of Belo regional Murrow Award winners:
|1||KING-TV||Large||Overall Excellence, Sports Reporting, Web Site Broadcast-Affiliated|
|1||KGW-TV||Large||Continuing Coverage, News Documentary, Newscast|
|1||KTVB-TV||Small||Continuing Coverage, Sports Reporting, Spot News Coverage, Web Site Broadcast-Affiliated|
|6||WFAA-TV||Large||Feature Reporting, Sports Reporting, Writing|
|6||KENS-TV||Large||News Documentary, Spot News Coverage, Videography|
|6||KVUE-TV||Small||Overall Excellence, Continuing Coverage, News Documentary, News Series, Newscast, Spot News Coverage, Videography, Web Site Broadcast-Affiliated, Writing|
|8||WCNC-TV||Large||Overall Excellence, Continuing Coverage, Feature Reporting, News Series, Newscast, Videography|
|9||WWL-TV||Large||Continuing Coverage, Investigative Reporting, News Series, Spot News Coverage, Writing|
The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Regional winners are eligible for national awards that will be announced later this year.
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 $1.5 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.