October 19, 2007
Maureen Decherd Remains in Critical but Stable Condition
Belo CEO Clarifies Details Related to Wife's Accident
DALLAS -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) today updated and clarified various press reports concerning an accident involving Maureen Decherd, wife of the Company's chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer, Robert W. Decherd.
Mrs. Decherd was on a walk on the morning of Saturday, October 13, when a motorist pulled away from a stop sign without looking ahead. Mrs. Decherd was one-third of the way across a marked crosswalk on the other side of the intersection. The vehicle struck Mrs. Decherd and she was pushed or propelled about 20-30 feet, hitting her head on a curb as she fell down.
Mr. Decherd said, "Maureen was transported quickly to Parkland Hospital's emergency room trauma unit and received immediate attention for her injuries. She has been blessed by the focused attention of some of the finest surgeons, neurologists, trauma personnel and intensive care nurses in the United States, if not the world. Our children and I deeply appreciate the thoughts and prayers extended to us by so many friends, colleagues and my fellow Belo employees across the country."
Mrs. Decherd underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and remains in critical but stable condition at Parkland Hospital's intensive care unit.
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 7,000 employees and more than $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 six cable news stations 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 Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.