May 23, 2008
WVEC-TV13 Remains Most Watched Station in Hampton Roads
Norfolk, VA. -- WVEC-TV13 is the most watched station from sign-on to sign-off, building on its winning streak against all competition during the all important evening news periods of 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00. 13NEWS maintained its viewership with almost a 30% greater share of news viewers than the nearest competitor. 13NEWS, anchored by Regina Mobley, David Alan, Sandra Parker and Janet Roach, earns more viewership than our closest competitors combined.
"It's been quite a month, full of quality stories, breaking news and severe weather days that impacted so many people in Hampton Roads," said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. "These ratings continue to solidify why more and more viewers choose 13NEWS than ever before." Nicholson added.
Late news growth continued with 13NEWS AT 11:00. The evening newscast brought in more viewers with a 15% increase from February '08.
13NEWS DAYBREAK 6-7am built its showing over last February. More viewers welcomed anchors LaSalle Blanks, Vanessa Coria and Meteorologist Craig Moeller into their morning routine.
13NEWS MONEY WATCH reports provided compelling content that focused on economic issues. 13NEWS WEATHER LAB kept viewers safe and informed when inclement weather threatened the market. "This news organization is the best and viewers know we are there each day and when times are even tougher," said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, "when tornadoes hit the Suffolk area, viewers turned to 13NEWS more than any other news station for updates and relative information." Lebenson added.
Furthermore, WVEC-TV13's programming continued to dominate the market, lead by The Oprah Winfrey Show, followed by the #1 access hour of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
WVEC-TV13 is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest pure-play publicly-traded television companies, with annual revenue of approximately $775 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations reaching more than 14 percent of U.S. television households, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV affiliates, and their associated Web sites, in 15 highly-attractive markets across the United States. Belo stations consistently deliver distinguished journalism for which they have received significant industry recognition including nine Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Awards; nine George Foster Peabody Awards; and 19 national Edward R. Murrow Awards all since 2000, and in each case more than any other commercial station group in the nation. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Belo owns stations in seven of the top 25 markets in the nation, with six stations located in the fast-growing, top-14 markets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix. Additionally, the Company has created regional cable news channels in Texas and the Northwest increasing its impact in those regions.
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