May 23, 2008
Belo Names Nicholson President and General Manager of KTVK and KASW-TV in Phoenix
DALLAS, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Lawrence D. "Nick" Nicholson was named president and general manager of Belo's Phoenix properties, KTVK (IND), KASW-TV (CW), Arizona News Channel and their related Web sites. He will report to Peter Diaz, Belo's executive vice president/Television Operations.
Since March 2006, Nicholson held the position of president and general manager of WVEC-TV (ABC) in Hampton/Norfolk, Virginia. From November 2004 to March 2006, he was vice president and general manager of KMSB-TV (FOX) and KTTU-TV (UPN) in Tucson.
"Nick brings more than 22 years of leadership to his new assignment in Phoenix," said Diaz. "His recent successes in Hampton/Norfolk and Tucson combined with his strong background in sales and marketing make him a great choice to lead our Phoenix operations."
Nicholson was vice president/Sales and Marketing at WFAA-TV (ABC) in Dallas from 2001 to 2004 and the station's director of sales and marketing from 1995 to 2001. From 1991 to 1995, he worked for WESH-TV in Orlando as general sales manager. Prior to that, he served as local sales manager from 1985 to 1989 and general sales manager/program manager from 1989 to 1991 at KOTV in Tulsa.
"I am excited to be leading one of the top independent stations in the country," said Nicholson. "KTVK and KASW have outstanding reputations for serving the Phoenix market and I look forward to working with my fellow employees in making that commitment even stronger."
Nicholson was among the Company's first television professionals to participate in the Belo Broadcasting Executive Development Training Program in 1982. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.
Belo Corp. is 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. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.