December 16, 2005
Belo promotes Jackson to senior vice president/general manager, Interactive Media; Engel to vice president/Corporate Controller
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Wesley A. Jackson has been promoted to senior vice president/general manager, Interactive Media, and Alison K. Engel has been promoted to vice president/Corporate Controller. Both promotions are effective January 1, 2006.
Jackson, 34, who joined Belo in 2000 and has served as vice president/general manager, Interactive Media since December 2004, leads the development of Belo's interactive media operations as a key growth engine for the Company.
Dunia Shive, executive vice president, said, "Wes has driven our Interactive Media operations to an enviable performance level in the digital media industry. These successes reflect his ability to develop innovative new products, leverage sales and marketing opportunities with our newspapers and television stations, and establish strategic partnerships. He has also been instrumental in the successful integration of Belo's Web sites into their legacy newspaper and broadcast companies this year."
Before joining Belo, Jackson served in various sales, marketing and management roles for newspapers, radio stations and interactive operations. Jackson was also founder and partner of Lexweb.com, Lexington, Kentucky's first online directory, movie and apartment guide. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.
Engel, 34, who joined Belo in 2003 and has served as Corporate Controller since February 2005, manages the Company's accounting practices, policies and procedures, including corporate financial reports, financial transactions, public filings and enterprise-wide adherence to compliance reporting standards. In addition to supervising the corporate financial accounting team, Engel provides strategic support to the controller functions at Belo's media business units.
Dennis A. Williamson, senior corporate vice president/Chief Financial Officer, said, "Ali has demonstrated an exceptional ability to build and lead a first-class team of finance professionals. She has streamlined our financial management and Sarbanes-Oxley reporting procedures, enabling us to provide more timely, strategic information to our operating units. Ali has also played a major role in the development of our new shared services initiative to centrally process high-volume financial transactions and refocus our local finance teams on supporting strategic growth opportunities."
Engel has more than 13 years of financial management experience at diversified, multi-unit business organizations and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Engel's previous responsibilities have encompassed financial reporting and audits, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, income statement analysis and SEC financial filings.
Engel earned a Masters in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a CPA, certified in Texas, and is a member of the AICPA and TSCPA.
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.