April 11, 2006
WWL-TV Wins 2005 Peabody Award for Its Advance Planning and Extraordinary Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
Belo Stations Outpace All Media Companies with Seven Awards Since 2000
Dallas -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that WWL-TV, its CBS affiliate in New Orleans, has been awarded the 2005 George Foster Peabody Award. The Peabody award recognized the station's careful pre-planning that enabled WWL-TV to remain on the air throughout Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the only local station that provided comprehensive coverage for 14 days before, during and after the disaster. WWL-TV was one of only four local television stations from across the country to win a 2005 Peabody Award, and this is the sixth Peabody that WWL has received.
"Our WWL team demonstrated their commitment to providing vital local news and information by staying on the air continuously during the Hurricane Katrina crisis," said Dunia Shive, president/Media Operations. "We are extremely proud of WWL's extraordinary efforts and this Peabody Award is truly well deserved. Belo's WWL employees overcame tremendous operational obstacles through advance planning and a fierce determination to get their jobs done."
This year's award brings to seven the total number of Peabody Awards earned by Belo television stations and executives since 2000. No other commercial station group in America has won more than three Peabody Awards during this period. In 2004, WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth won a Peabody for its "State of Denial" investigation into the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission's systematic denial of medical benefits for on-the-job injuries. KHOU-TV in Houston won a 2003 Peabody for its "Evidence of Errors" investigation that exposed issues at the Houston Police Department's crime lab and was instrumental in freeing an unjustly incarcerated prisoner, and WCNC-TV in Charlotte won a Peabody the same year for its "Medicaid Dental Center Investigation" that uncovered unnecessary treatments for children at dental clinics where dentists received bonuses based on how much they billed Medicaid. WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth won a 2002 Peabody for "Fake Drugs, Real Lives," an investigation that exposed Dallas Police Department informants who planted powdered gypsum to arrest poor immigrants on drug charges. KHOU won a 2000 Peabody Award for "Treading on Danger?" a one-year investigation into tread separation of Firestone tires that ultimately resulted in a federal investigation and the recall of more than six million tires. A 2000 Peabody Award for lifetime achievement was presented to former Belo executive H. Martin "Marty" Haag.
The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the most respected and oldest honor in electronic media. The Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals.
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 7,700 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 and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and 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.