February 29, 2008

KGW NewsChannel 8 is the #1 Portland Station

Belo Corp. Station Wins Thirty-Third Consecutive Sweeps Sign-On to Sign-Off

PORTLAND, OR -- The February sweeps concluded yesterday, and KGW NewsChannel 8 won the sign-on to sign-off battle for the thirty-third consecutive sweeps. In the news race, NewsChannel 8 demonstrated its leadership as the clear #1 news station. The station built on its long-standing leadership position with its high definition news which premiered on January 21. KGW NewsChannel 8 is the first and only station in the Portland market to broadcast its local news in true high definition.

KGW NewsChannel 8 took a commanding lead in the mornings with NewsChannel 8 @ Sunrise winning the entire 4:30 AM-7:00 AM block by up to a 77% advantage. This fastest-growing newscast, responding to the changing lifestyles of Northwest viewers, earned significant growth at 4:30 AM where viewing now matches or exceeds that of daytime dramas and court programs.

The weekday noon, 5 PM, 6 PM, 6:30 PM, and 11 PM newscasts all won their time periods. The audience for Newschannel 8 @ 5 PM, the newscast of record, grew by 10% over last February. It commanded more than double the combined audience share of the competitors in the time period, and it was the third highest-watched 5 PM news by share among all NBC affiliates in metered markets in the country.

Weekends, KGW NewsChannel 8's journalists earned the largest audience mornings, evenings and at 11 PM.

"We're pleased that during the severe weather season viewers continue to trust our First Alert Storm Team for accurate information on how the weather will affect them. Viewers recognized the advanced clarity that KGW HD brought to our newsgathering and weather forecasting. We're honored that whether it's on KGW, kgw.com, KGW Mobile, or Northwest Cable News, viewers know they can rely on us," said KGW NewsChannel 8 President and General Manager DJ Wilson.