July 2, 2008
KGW NewsChannel 8 Wins National Murrow Award
Belo Station Honored in Prestigious Competition
PORTLAND, OR -- The Radio-Television News Directors Association has announced KGW NewsChannel 8 as the winner in the large television market category for best continuing coverage in its coveted 2008 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. The competition honors excellence in electronic journalism.
While KGW NewsChannel 8 has won several regional Murrow awards, it is the first time the station has captured a national award in the prestigious competition. Only 13 television stations in the nation were selected for recognition in the large market category. In the entire competition, 54 news organizations out of an initial pool of over 3, 459 entries from several hundred news organization are being honored. KGW was the sole Portland television station to be recognized in the awards.
KGW NewsChannel 8's journalism was recognized for its outstanding efforts in its coverage of the December storm.
"The National Edward R. Murrow award is one of the most sought-after, most coveted awards in journalism. It is a true honor to be considered one of the top televisions stations nation-wide," said DJ Wilson, KGW NewsChannel 8 president & general manager. "Each day we take our responsibility to the community very seriously and we're honored and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award."
Two other stations owned by KGW NewsChannel 8's parent company, Belo Corp., also won national awards, demonstrating the company's consistent commitment to quality journalism. Those stations were WFAA in Dallas, Texas and WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 13, 2008, in New York.
RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.
RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
About Belo Corp.
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 23 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.