July 9, 2008
Belo Names Jim Berman President and General Manager of WVEC-TV
Berman to Lead Television Company's ABC Affiliate in Hampton/Norfolk
DALLAS -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that James R. (Jim) Berman has been named president and general manager of WVEC-TV, Belo's ABC affiliate in Hampton/Norfolk, beginning August 4, 2008. He will join WVEC from WHP-TV and WLYH-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he served as vice president and general manager since November 2006. Berman previously served as vice president and general manager at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia from 2003 to 2006 and at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York from 2001 to 2003. He will report to Kathy Clements, Belo's senior vice president/Television Operations.
"Jim has delivered remarkable results throughout his career, most recently at WHP and WLYH," said Clements. "We are confident that Jim will continue WVEC's longstanding success in the Hampton/Norfolk market."
"I am absolutely thrilled to join Belo. The Company has outstanding stations, and it is an honor to be selected to lead WVEC, a station with a tremendous reputation and track record of success," said Berman. "I look forward to working with the management and staff as we continue to build on that legacy for our viewers, Web site users and advertisers."
Berman has more than 25 years of television industry experience. Before becoming a general manager, he held various positions including director of programming and research at WBBM-TV in Chicago, research director at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and sales and research positions with Group Television Sales in New York, Katz Sports in New York and Katz American Television, also in New York. Berman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University where he also served as general manager of WRSU-FM.
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.