September 1, 2005
How you can help your Belo team members at WWL-TV
Belo Corp. and The Belo Foundation have established the WWL-TV Employee Relief Fund for employees of WWL-TV and NewsWatch on Channel 15 who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Belo Corp. will seed the fund with $200,000 and make an immediate distribution of $1,000 to each full or part-time employee at WWL-TV and NewsWatch on Channel 15.
Robert Decherd, Belo's chairman, president and CEO, said, "We are all deeply concerned about our fellow employees in New Orleans who have been so severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. Supporting this relief effort will help our colleagues begin the long road to recovery following the hurricane's devastating impact on their lives, families and homes. We are also extremely proud of the WWL team for their dedication to serving their community during this crisis. Despite the extreme hardships, WWL-TV has continuously broadcast some of the finest disaster news coverage in the history of television journalism."
Employees at other Belo operations and at corporate, as well as vendors, business partners and the general public, are invited to make contributions to the relief fund. Belo Corp. will match dollar-for-dollar all donations made to the fund by employees of Belo companies. Donations are tax-deductible. Cash or check donations made out to the WWL-TV Employee Relief Fund may be made in person at The Belo Foundation, located in Suite 200 of The Belo Building in Dallas, and checks may also be mailed in care of The Belo Foundation at P.O. Box 655237, Dallas, Texas 75265-5237. Details of a payroll deduction option will be announced soon.
One hundred percent of all donations will go directly from the relief fund each month to WWL-TV and NewsWatch on Channel 15 employees. Funds will be allocated to employees in an inverse relationship to their current compensation levels; those in lower compensated positions will receive larger distributions than those at higher compensation levels. The Belo Foundation will administer the relief fund, and distributions will be made to employees through the Belo Payroll Department. Employees at WWL-TV and NewsWatch on Channel 15 should contact Belo Benefits at 1-866-235-6236 or firstname.lastname@example.org to provide updated contact information.
In addition, Belo Corp. is making a $100,000 donation in honor of the employees of WWL-TV and NewsWatch on Channel 15 to a non-profit organization with targeted hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans and Louisiana. Community-wide relief efforts for the Gulf Coast region are also being coordinated by several of the Company's newspapers and television stations, including The Spirit of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund, The Dallas Morning News, WFAA-TV in Dallas, KHOU-TV in Houston, KTVK in Phoenix, KMOV-TV in St. Louis, KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon, WCNC-TV in Charlotte, KVUE-TV in Austin and KREM-TV in Spokane.
For additional information or questions about the WWL-TV Employee Relief Fund, please contact Amy Meadows, vice president and executive director of The Belo Foundation, at 214-977-6661 or email@example.com. Additional information about other hurricane relief efforts by Belo's newspapers and television stations is available on Belo's Intranet and at www.belo.com.