July 12, 2007
Belo Names Deborah "DJ" Wilson President and General Manager of KGW-TV in Portland
PORTLAND -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Deborah "DJ" Wilson has been named president and general manager of KGW-TV, Belo's NBC affiliate in Portland, effective immediately. Since June 2005, Wilson has served as president and general manager of the Company's two television stations in Spokane, Washington, KREM-TV (CBS) and KSKN-TV (CW). She succeeds R. Paul Fry who was promoted to the position of Belo's vice president/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications earlier this year. Wilson will report to David Lougee, executive vice president/Media Operations.
"DJ's superior leadership and management skills, along with her 23 years of experience in the Northwest region, make her an excellent choice for this important role," Lougee said. "She's an outstanding business manager and a committed community leader, who will be an excellent complement to our outstanding management team at NewsChannel 8."
"I'm delighted to join one of the most talented television staffs in the country," said Wilson. "I plan to continue the station's commitment to providing the Portland community with the best television programming and quality news reporting, on-air and online, in the market."
Before her term in Spokane, Wilson served as vice president and Assistant General Manager at Belo's KING-TV (NBC), KONG-TV (IND) and NorthWest Cable News in Seattle/Tacoma from November 2002 to June 2005. Prior to that, she served in a sales and marketing leadership role in Belo's Seattle/Tacoma operations. Wilson has spent 23 years in the Seattle/Tacoma market during her 29-year career in television. Eight of those years were with KING, as vice president/Sales and Marketing and director/Sales and Marketing from 1998 to 2002 and as national sales manager and local sales manager from 1991 to 1995. She spent 10 years with KIRO-TV in various sales management positions from 1982 to 1988 and 1974 to 1978. She has also worked as local sales manager at WJBK-TV in Detroit, national sales manager at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, and vice president/Sales and Marketing at WBRC-TV in Birmingham.
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 7,100 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 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 Jill Matthews, director/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6825.