KTVK Mourns Loss of Colleagues
OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY KTVK PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER MARK HIGGINS
Phoenix, AZ - KTVK President and General Manager, Mark Higgins, issued the following statement today after KTVK's news helicopter was involved in a mid-air collision with KNXV's news chopper resulting in four fatalities.
"At times like this, words really do fail to express the sadness we at 3TV, Arizona's Family, feel about the loss of our colleagues and friends, Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox; and, Rick Krolak and Craig Smith of KNXV. Our deepest sympathy is extended to their families and friends for their immeasurable loss. Our thoughts are also with KNXV who is experiencing the same heart-wrenching grief."
Higgins added that the newsgathering business is a very small world and, though there is friendly competition, the photojournalists and reporters know each other well.
"Our station lost four family members today and our news team is devastated by the loss of these four professionals."
Helicopter pilot Scott Bowerbank had worked with KTVK for 12 years. Jim Cox started his photojournalism career with KTVK in January 1995. Rick Krolak, KNXV photojournalist, spent 10 years as a member of the KTVK news team. KNXV pilot Craig Smith also died in the crash.
Higgins said, "Our sincere appreciation goes out to our community who has reached out to us at this difficult time. We can't thank you enough for the flowers, condolences and prayers."
Those who wish to send their condolences can do so by visiting www.azfamily.com.
KTVK is a subsidiary of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,100 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. Belo owns 20 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates six cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.