May 30, 2007
WUPL-TV Announces Launch of Eyewitness News at 9
New Orleans, LA - WUPL-TV, Channel 54 will launch a weeknight 9:00 p.m. newscast beginning on Monday, June 4th. Backed by the journalistic resources of its sister station, WWL-TV, the half-hour Eyewitness News at 9 broadcast will feature anchors Mike Hoss and Lucy Bustamante, sports reporter Jim Henderson and meteorologist Carl Arredondo.
WWL-TV parent company, Belo, recently purchased WUPL 54 and is pleased to offer viewers their highly-acclaimed Eyewitness News programming in the new time slot.
WWL-TV Acting News Director Chris Slaughter said, "As Southeast Louisiana rebuilds, information is more vital than ever. Starting June 4th, viewers will have a new choice at 9 p.m. We're going to dedicate a tremendous amount of resources to this program. Our award-winning journalists will report on the latest news, sports and weather. We are all excited about this new venture."
The leading source of TV news in Greater New Orleans, WWL-TV currently broadcasts local news from 5 to 9 a.m., at noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The shows have dominated the ratings of their respective time periods. The 9 p.m. news on WUPL 54 is expected to also become a viewer favorite. The thirty minute 9 p.m. newscast will be followed by the Oprah Winfrey Show.
WWL-TV and WUPL-TV are subsidiaries 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 Dave Muscari, vice president/product development, at 214-977-6490.
For more information, please contact:
WWL-TV Acting News Director
WUPL-TV Sales Manager
WWL-TV Creative Services Director
1024 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116-2487
(504) 529-6474 fax