June 26, 2006
Belo Television Stations Win Five National Murrow Awards, Leading All Station Groups Nationwide
Top Honors Recognize Outstanding Work by KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, KHOU-TV in Houston, WWL-TV in New Orleans and KVUE-TV in Austin
DALLAS -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Belo television stations have won five national Edward R. Murrow Awards for 2006, leading all other station groups nationwide in the total number of awards received. The awards recognize KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma for Overall Excellence, KHOU-TV in Houston for Investigative Reporting and Feature - Hard News, WWL-TV in New Orleans for Continuing Coverage, and KVUE-TV in Austin for Videography. The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) presents the Murrow Awards annually to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism and recognize news organizations that set the standard in the broadcast news profession.
"We are extremely proud that Belo stations have been recognized by the RTNDA with more national Murrow Awards than any other station group in the nation this year," said Dunia Shive, Belo president/Media Operations. "This leadership performance reflects the exceptional commitment of our journalists to delivering outstanding content to their local communities."
This year's awards bring the total number of national Murrow Awards Belo stations have won to 15 since 2000 and 27 since 1976. Belo's wins at the national level this year follow an impressive showing in regional competitions where 10 Belo stations garnered 33 regional Murrow Awards and led all station groups nationwide. Belo stations competed in seven of 13 Murrow regions this year. Regional award recipients automatically compete for the national awards.
Details follow about the national awards given to Belo stations:
The RTNDA announced a total of 26 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for 24 television stations in the large and small-market television categories this year. The winners in all categories will be honored at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 16, 2006, in New York. The Edward R. Murrow Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in electronic journalism since 1971. They promote the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
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 more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, 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 D a 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 Nancy Del Regno, manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6825.