June 6, 2005
Redfern named publisher and chief executive officer of The Press-Enterprise
RIVERSIDE, CA - Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Ronald Redfern has been named publisher and chief executive officer of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, effective July 5, 2005. Redfern will assume the responsibilities previously held by David Cornwall, who retired this January as publisher and chief executive officer.
Donald "Skip" Cass, Belo senior vice president for the Southwest group, said, "We are thrilled to have Ron lead The Press-Enterprise because of his extensive newspaper and online media experience as well as his long tenure in the Southern California market. Ron's leadership capabilities, media expertise and marketplace knowledge complement the current team's considerable talents and strengths, a powerful combination for extending The Press-Enterprise's success through its portfolio of quality news products and strong journalistic traditions."
Redfern will report to Cass in his new leadership role. He served most recently as president of the Florida Communications Group, which includes The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV (NBC) and TBO.com, for Media General, Inc. Before assuming those responsibilities in 2003, Redfern spent 25 years managing several major media operations in Southern California. From 1991 to 2003, he served in senior management roles at Freedom Communications, Inc., including senior vice president of sales for Freedom's Metro Division, and president and division president of Freedom's interactive business. Redfern also led The Orange County Register as president and chief operating officer after making an impact as senior vice president of sales and marketing, managing the paper's advertising, circulation, sales and marketing; director of marketing; and vice president of production. Redfern started his media career in 1977 with Harte-Hankes Communications, Inc., where he quickly demonstrated his capabilities in various management assignments in the company's PennySaver Direct Mail Shoppers operation. Redfern earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from California State University, Northridge, where he was graduated magna cum laude.
Redfern is a member of the board of directors of the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Tampa Bay. He has also served on the boards of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Newspaper First Sales Agency Partnership, the Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Business Committee of the Arts.
About The Press-Enterprise Co.
The Press-Enterprise Co., a Riverside, CA-based subsidiary of Belo Corp., publishes The Press-Enterprise, a 185,000-circulation daily newspaper; six weekly community newspapers; The Business Press, a weekly covering business news in the Inland Empire; the d, a tabloid-format weekly publication for Coachella Valley's upscale population; La Prensa, a weekly Spanish-language newspaper; El D, a tabloid-format weekly serving the area's diverse Hispanic community; and the advertising publications Inland Empire HomeSeller, Inland Empire AutoSeller, Inland Empire Employment and Savings Express. It also owns SoCal Commercial Printing.
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 Southwest, the Northwest, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic. In addition to The Press-Enterprise, Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo also owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. 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.