April 3, 2007
KTVK Goes HD With Most Local News in the U.S.
Powerhouse Indy with #1 Local News in Arizona is one of First Stations in HD
PHOENIX - KTVK joins an elite group of early adopter television stations across the country to pioneer its local programming in high definition beginning April 26, 2007.
KTVK will produce fifty-one hours of local news a week in high definition, more than any station in the country. This includes a M-F 9:00 p.m. newscast produced for KMSB, KTVK's sister station in Tucson, which will also be broadcast in HD.
Cox Cable will air KTVK in HD on digital channel 703 starting April 26, 2007. All high definition programs produced by KTVK will continue to be available in standard definition for viewers with analog television sets. KTVK also has a joint venture with Cox Cable the Arizona News Channel which rebroadcasts its newscasts in standard definition.
President and General Manager Mark Higgins said, "KTVK has a history of innovation, which continues as we become one of the first stations in the nation to broadcast in high definition. As a formidable independent television station known for unparalleled service to our community, we feel it is important to be out in front of our viewers' changing needs."
KTVK took the opportunity of launching HD to also invest in two impressive new studios, state-of the-art graphics produced in the latest Vizrt system and a unique music package.
Says Higgins, "We get credit from our viewers for being the station that reflects the spirit of Arizona and its people. You will see that we live up to this with the beautiful scenics of Arizona shot in high definition for our new sets and graphics as well as our newscasts and on-air promotion."
All of KTVK's studio cameras are able to broadcast standard and high definition for all news and programming produced locally by the station. KTVK also has a new high-powered HD camera in its helicopter, which will add to its prolific news gathering resources.
Executive News Director Sandy Breland says "We are known as The Place with More News and truly live up to this by producing more local newscasts than any station, as well as hourly news briefs and quarterly news specials. To now be able to produce our news in HD is a great advantage for our viewers."
KTVK produces a local morning show, Your Life A-Z, which will also be produced in high definition.
Viewers with questions about high definition television can visit KTVK's special section on its website, azfamily.com.
KTVK is a subsidiary 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 7,100 employees and $1.6 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 20 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.
For more information about KTVK, contact:
Teri Lane, Director of Marketing and Interactive Services, 602-207-3423
Blanca Esparza, Manager of Community and Public Relations, 602-207-3331