December 28, 2006
KING 5 TV Promotes Pat Costello to Vice President of News
SEATTLE -- Seattle's NBC affiliate and leading television station, KING 5 TV announced today the promotion of Pat Costello to vice president of news. Costello will take on a more senior leadership role in the development of news and content for all the Belo-Seattle properties: KING 5, KING5.com, KONG 6/16, Northwest Cable News and NWCN.com.
"Pat's knowledge and experience has proved to be an incredible asset to our news team," said Ray Heacox, president and general manager of KING 5, KONG 6/16 and NWCN. "I look forward to working with Pat in his new leadership role."
Costello joined KING 5 TV in September 2000 as the executive news director. This year, under his leadership, the new steam received the national Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence and a regional Emmy award for overall station excellence. In addition the news team has won the national Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative journalism and the national Cronkite award for political journalism. KING 5 has received the latter award for several consecutive years.
Costello came to KING 5 from Chicago's WBBM-TV. Prior to that, he served as news director for KUTV in Salt Lake City, UT, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD and WTHR in Indianapolis, IN. Costello's career began as a news photographer.
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 7,400 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 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 Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.