June 22, 2006
KING 5 honored with national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence
SEATTLE KING 5 has been awarded the national 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in large markets by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). This top national award is given to the station that consistently demonstrates depth and scope in its news coverage.
KING 5 News has been setting the standard for broadcast excellence in the Northwest for more than 50 years. Much of KING's success comes from the core belief that quality journalism and community service are the hallmarks of outstanding television stations.
Enterprise reporting is part of the culture at KING, beginning with the award winning KING 5 Investigators. The station maintains the market's only full-time political unit dedicated to the coverage of government and civic journalism. KING 5 is the only Seattle station with a bureau in Washington D.C. and the only newsroom with a reporter covering the environment full-time.
"This is a tremendous honor for our newsroom. Any award is flattering, but to be honored with the national award bearing Edward R. Murrow's name is humbling," said KING 5's Executive News Director Pat Costello.
Quality journalism is KING 5's hallmark and the station understands its obligation to be a good citizen of the community. KING is a committed watchdog over the powerful, seeks to give voice to the underserved, and focus attention on the needs of the Pacific Northwest.
Investigative work done by KING 5 News in 2006 includes exposing a significant increase in ramp accidents and security breaches by Alaska Airline's new baggage handling contractor. Within weeks of that report, a ramp worker bumped an Alaska jet, causing a hole to tear in the side of the plane in mid-flight.
KING 5's political coverage centered on the race and the trial challenging the outcome of our historically close gubernatorial election. KING 5 was there every step of the way, both in daily coverage and in Robert Mak's unparalleled weekly political show, UpFront with Robert Mak. KING 5 conducted in-depth examinations of the TV campaigns designed to sway voters in our "Ad Watch" series, in addition to airing several political debates in key offices.
KING 5's health and medical reporting included the story of a four year old girl born with a rare and potentially deadly facial defect. The documentary, "A Crown for Kathrina," took a year to shoot with extraordinary access to the child, her family, and her doctors. The station also made a commitment to fight cancer in Washington, producing four prime time specials on breast, skin, prostate, and colon cancer. Over the summer, when concerns about bird flu were peaking, KING did a week of special reports on the subject.
"Winning this award is a clear statement about the success of an extraordinary team of people who are completely devoted and it says mountains about the news leadership team that makes it possible for everyone to do his or her best work every day," said KING-TV president and General Manager Ray Heacox.
From live coverage of breaking news to in-depth examination of issues that matter to the community, KING 5 remains committed to quality coverage in service of its viewers.
RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.
The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 16, 2006, in New York.
KING 5 is 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 $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.