May 24, 2006
Belo Names Smith President and General Manager of KMSB-TV and KTTU-TV in Tucson, Arizona
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Tod A. Smith has been named president and general manager of KMSB-TV (FOX) and KTTU-TV (UPN) in Tucson, Arizona, effective June 14. He will report to Skip Cass, executive vice president/Media Operations. Smith is currently vice president and media director for Peter A. Mayer Advertising, an advertising agency in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Tod Smith is an outstanding leader whose diverse sales, marketing, research and management experience make him a terrific choice to lead our Tucson television operations," said Cass. "For the past twenty years, I've followed Tod's career both inside and outside of Belo and am thrilled that he will be rejoining Belo as general manager of two of the Company's fastest-growing television stations."
Prior to joining Peter A. Mayer Advertising in January 2005, Smith was the local sales manager at Belo's CBS-affiliated television station in New Orleans, WWL-TV. Smith started his career with WWL in 1980 as a production assistant and was promoted to engineer in 1982 while working toward his college degree. Upon completion of his degree in 1984, Smith joined Shell Oil Company as an analyst in its Houston headquarters and was subsequently a supervisor in the office services group at Shell's Wood River Refinery and the Tulsa, Oklahoma, customer services center. Smith rejoined WWL in 1993 as a marketing executive. In 1995, Smith was named director of research and audience development, and was promoted to local sales manager in 1999. During his time with WWL and Belo, Smith also served as a recruiter for the Company and was a lecturer at Belo's Sales Academy, a training program tailored for newly hired sales executives. Smith was also a participant in Belo's Emerging Talent management development program that identifies and develops high potential managers within the Company, and was an adjunct professor at Tulane University from 2002 to 2005 teaching undergraduate courses in marketing.
Smith holds a BBA degree in management from Loyola University of New Orleans. He is also active in numerous professional and civic organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans and the Advisory Board of the United Negro College Fund, Louisiana Region. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Minority Business Council from 2002 through 2004. Smith has been an active member of the American Marketing Association since 1998.
About KMSB-TV, KTTU-TV and Belo
KMSB-TV and KTTU-TV are part of Belo Corp., 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 more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. 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 214-977-6825 or email@example.com.