Belo Purchases WUPL-TV, Expanding Its Presence in New Orleans
DALLAS -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today the purchase of WUPL-TV in New Orleans, a MyNetwork TV affiliate, from CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, CBS.A), effective immediately. The agreement, which has received FCC approval, also settles litigation between Belo and CBS over the purchase that arose after Hurricane Katrina.
"We are pleased to extend our presence in the New Orleans market and deepen our commitment to the community and its citizens," said Dunia Shive, Belo's president/Media Operations. "Combining WUPL with our award-winning CBS affiliate, WWL-TV, allows us to increase our spectrum of programming choices for our viewers and provides another way for our advertisers to reach consumers."
The addition of WUPL creates Belo's fifth duopoly including Seattle/Tacoma, Phoenix, Spokane and Tucson.
Belo Corp. is 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 seven 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 Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.
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