CHARLOTTE -- After a 42 year career in broadcasting and media, Stuart Powell, President and General Manager of WCNC-TV, today announced his retirement to be effective later this summer.
Powell's career in broadcasting began with the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, MO and took him to stints in several cities including, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Chicago and finally, Charlotte. He has worked as General Manager for major broadcast groups Scripps/Howard, Sinclair and FOX. Powell took the lead at WCNC in Charlotte, a Belo Corp. property, in April of 2000.
In an address to the staff, Powell offered, "From the creation of our investigative unit "The Investigators", to the creation and development of "The Carolina Traveler", now number one in it's Saturday evening time slot, to the unique partnership we've created with the Charlotte Observer to the phenomenal growth of WCNC on-line, to our economic growth over the past seven years. I am truly proud of the people and the work we have done at this company." He continued, "Thanks to all of you I have had the privilege of seeing our team collect Emmys, Murrow awards, a Peabody award, two Gabriel awards and a DuPont Columbia award. We have been honored more than any other local broadcast media company in the Southeast. I believe we have now gained absolute superiority in gathering and delivering news and information on any platform. We are poised to achieve our primary goal, to become the news leader in Charlotte."
"Much goes into that kind of success. Belo's investment of economic resources, belief in the management team and commitment to the Charlotte community has been great and has been part of what makes this decision the right one for me. It has been a pleasure and a real honor to have worked with all of you and I wish you to have careers as fulfilling as the one I have been so lucky to enjoy."
Powell's retirement will be effective August 1, 2007.
WCNC-TV is part of Belo Corp. Belo 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 7,100 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.
John W. Rice
WCNC Carolinas' News Connection