May 10, 2005
Belo presents 2005 William H. Seay award to Glenn Wright, television innovator and leader in the northwest
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Glenn Wright, senior vice president/Television Station Group, Northwest, received the 12th annual William H. Seay Award at the Company's 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The award is named in honor of the late William H. Seay, who served on Belo's Board of Directors for 22 years before his retirement in 1995. The award is given annually by the Board of Directors to an employee whose standards and values reflect Seay's integrity, loyalty, journalistic standards and community commitment, the same principles that have guided Belo for 163 years.
In presenting the award, Jack Sander, Belo's president/Media Operations, said: "Glenn has distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader in the Northwest television markets through his sales and marketing acumen, innovative news programming, development of exceptional talent and forward-thinking use of technology. What makes Glenn an exceptional person is his personal integrity and concern for others; he is a true role model for Belo's values.
"During his successful broadcast career, Glenn has strengthened the competitive position of every station he has led and made Belo stations the preferred choice for local news in their markets. Not only is Glenn an outstanding and unique media executive, he has also invested incredible energy and countless hours supporting vital community causes."
Glenn's career spans almost 35 years in the television industry in the Seattle/Tacoma market. He has led Belo's Northwest Television Station Group as senior vice president since 1997, supervising KING-TV, KONG-TV and NorthWest Cable News in Seattle/Tacoma; KREM-TV and KSKN-TV in Spokane; KGW-TV in Portland; and KTVB and 24/7 News Channel in Boise. Glenn, who plans to retire this year, currently is also serving as acting general manager for the Seattle/Tacoma operations until a new general manager is named.
Glenn began his television career as sales development director at KIRO-TV in Seattle/Tacoma in 1971, and spent the next 25 years in various sales, sales management and station management positions at the station. Assignments included marketing unit manager, national sales manager, vice president/station manager and executive vice president of television. When Belo bought KIRO in 1995, the former CBS affiliate became an independent station. Glenn was promoted to vice president/general manager, and led the station through a period of dramatic change, substantially expanding its local news programming. When the Company sold KIRO two years later, Belo promoted Glenn to lead the Northwest Television Group.
Throughout his career, Glenn has been involved in numerous community organizations, with an emphasis on youth. He served as chairman of the Children's Television Committee for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and two consecutive terms as an NAB board representative. He also was a member of the CBS Affiliates Advisory Board for two terms and a member of the UPN Board of Governors. Currently, he is an honorary director on the boards at the Big Brothers of King County, where he is a past president, and at Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, where he received the "Man and Youth Award." He has also served on the board of the Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire USA and as a member of the Overlake Hospital Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Glenn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. His advanced education includes management programs at the NAB Sales Management Seminar at Harvard, the Wharton School of Business and the University of Notre Dame.
Glenn, a Bellevue, Washington, native, is married and has two grown daughters and four grandchildren who reside in the greater Seattle/Tacoma and Portland areas.
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 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also 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). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and al dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.