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Belo Corp. () is a Dallas-based media company that owns 20 commercial broadcasting television stations and two regional 24-hour cable news television channels. The company was previously known as A.H. Belo Corp. after one of the early owners of the company, Alfred Horatio Belo, now the name of the newspaper company spun off from Belo early in 2008. Belo has its headquarters in the Belo Building in Downtown Dallas, designed by Dallas architects Omniplan and constructed between 1983 and 1985.[1]

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History

The company traces its roots back to 1842 with the introduction of The Daily News in Galveston, Texas. Its flagship, The Dallas Morning News, has been publishing since 1885. The name A.H. Belo Corporation was applied to the company in 1926. The name was shortened to Belo Corp. in 2002.

On October 1, 2007, Belo announced the separation of its newspaper and television businesses by spinning off its newspaper business to shareholders as the A. H. Belo Corporation, officially completed in February 2008. The television business retains the Belo Corp. name (without the "A. H." initials),[2] with the television business being the legal successor to the prior company.[3]

Television stations

  • Unlike most other ABC network affiliates, the Belo-owned ABC affiliates broadcast in 1080i instead of 720p.
Current DMA# Market Station RF
Channel
Display
Channel
Acquired Current Affiliation Notes
5. Dallas WFAA 8 8 1950 ABC
Live Well Network (8.3)
Acquired as the company's flagship station from Lacy-Potter TV Broadcasting Company.
10. Houston KHOU 11 11 1984 CBS Founded by James Stewart and investors; acquired from Corinthian Broadcasting.
12. Phoenix KTVK 24 3 1999 Independent
This TV (3.2)
Acquired from MAC America Communications.
KASW 49 61 2000 The CW Part of a duopoly with KTVK.
13. Seattle KING-TV 48 5 1997 NBC Acquired from KING Broadcasting Group from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
KONG 31 16 2000 Independent Part of a duopoly with KING-TV.
21. St. Louis KMOV 24 4 1997 CBS
Live Well Network (4.2)
Acquired from Viacom in three-way trade which sent KIRO-TV to Cox Enterprises.
22. Portland KGW 8 8 1997 NBC Acquired from part of the KING Broadcasting Group from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
24. Charlotte WCNC-TV 22 36 1997 NBC
Live Well Network (36.2)
Acquired from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
37. San Antonio KENS 39 5 1997 CBS A swap with cable channel Food Network with Scripps Networks.
43. Hampton Roads WVEC 13 13 1984 ABC
Live Well Network (13.2)
Acquired from Corinthian Broadcasting.
44. Austin KVUE 33 24 1999 ABC A swap with KXTV with Gannett.
49. Louisville WHAS-TV 11 11 1997 ABC Acquired from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
51. New Orleans WWL-TV 36 4 1994 CBS
Live Well Network (4.2)
Founded by Loyola University of New Orleans; acquired from Rampart Broadcasting, a local employee/investor group.
WUPL 24 54 2007 MyNetworkTV Acquired from CBS Corporation.
66. Tucson KMSB 25 11 1997 Fox Acquired from The Providence Journal Company.
KTTU 19 18 2002 MyNetworkTV Acquired from Clear Channel Communications.
75. Spokane KREM 20 2 1997 CBS Acquired from part of the KING Broadcasting Group from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
KSKN 36 22 2001 The CW Duopoly with KREM.
112. Boise KTVB 7 7 1997 NBC Acquired from part of the KING Broadcasting Group from merger with The Providence Journal Company.

= part of a duopoly

  • In addition, Belo operates independent KFWD in Fort Worth, Texas (RF channel 9/PSIP channel 52) and The CW affiliate WBKI-TV in Campbellsville, Kentucky (RF channel 19/PSIP channel 34), both owned by third parties, through local marketing and/or joint sales agreements with WFAA and WHAS-TV, respectively.

Former Belo-owned television stations

Current DMA# Market Station RF
Channel
Display
Channel
Years owned Currently Notes
13. Seattle KIRO-TV 39 7 1995 1997 CBS network affiliate owned by Cox Enterprises Divested after acquiring KING-TV from the Providence Journal Company merger.
20. Sacramento KXTV 10 10 1984 1999 ABC network affiliate owned by Gannett Company Swapped for Austin's KVUE.
25. Indianapolis WISH-TV 9 8 1984 CBS network affiliate owned by LIN Television Acquired from the Corinthian Broadcasting merger but divested
almost immediately to comply with FCC ownership limits of the time.
44. Albuquerque KASA-TV 27 2 1997 1999 Fox network affiliate owned by LIN Television
61. Tulsa KOTV-DT 45 6 1984 2000 CBS network affiliate owned by Griffin Communications KOTV is one of the few TV stations in the United States to continue to use the "-DT" suffix post-transition; most stations have since transferred the analog call sign (with or without a "-TV" suffix) to their digital signals
71. Honolulu KHNL 35 13 1997 1999 NBC network affiliate owned by Raycom Media
KFVE 22 9 See note MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by MCG Capital Corporation
and operated by Raycom Media
Belo never owned the station but did operate it through a local marketing
agreement with KHNL. The station's virtual channel is now 9 instead of its former analog 5.
86. Chattanooga WTVC 9 9 1980 1984 ABC network affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group Divested to make room for the Corinthian Broadcasting merger.
107. Fort Wayne WANE-TV 31 15 1984 CBS network affiliate owned by LIN Television Acquired from the Corinthian Broadcasting merger but divested
almost immediately to comply with FCC ownership limits of the time.
141. Beaumont, Texas KFDM 21 6 1969 1984 CBS network affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group Divested to comply with FCC adjacent market regulations from neighboring KHOU-TV.
  • In addition, from its launch in 2000 until April 24, 2010, Belo controlled UPN and The CW affiliate KBEJ/KCWX (RF channel 5/PSIP channel 2), licensed to Fredericksburg, Texas and serving the San Antonio and (until April 2007) Austin, Texas areas. It has since switched its affiliation to MyNetworkTV and controlled by the licensee (Corridor Television) outright.

Cable networks

Availability Station, Channel Number Acquired/Introduced Notes
Seattle, Portland, Spokane NWCN (Northwest cable news), Channel Numbers Vary 1997 Acquired from part of the KING Broadcasting Group from merger with The Providence Journal Company.
Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Texarkana, Port Arthur/Beaumont, Waco, El Paso, Wichita Falls, Rio Grande Valley TXCN (Texas Cable News), Channel Numbers Vary 1999 Composed of news teams from: WFAA-TV, Dallas; KHOU-TV, Houston; KENS-TV, San Antonio; KVUE, Austin
Boise 24/7 KTVB sub-channel: 7.2 / 26.2, 28, KZAK-LP: 49 2003 From KTVB.
Hampton Roads, Knotts Island LNC (LNC5), 5 1997 Available only on Cox Cable.
New Orleans metropolitan area, Baton Rouge, Acadiana Region NewsWatch 15 15 1988 Composed of the WWL-TV news team, jointly owned by Belo Corporation and Cox Communications.

Online presence

In addition, Belo operates websites for each of its properties. The sites were formerly part of a separate company, known as Belo Interactive. In late 2004, the company began the process of reintegrating the sites in to sister media properties. One of its most infamous investments was in the failed CueCat and its parent company, Digital Convergence. Belo integrated its media properties to be able to use the device, but it never took off.

Belo is also one of the major investors in Classified Ventures, LLC.

In late 2009, Belo began transitioning the Web operations of its television stations from a largely in-house operation to the Broadcast Interactive Media platform. The first such relaunches were the Web sites of its Arizona station properties KTVK/KASW in Phoenix and KMSB/KTTU in Tucson which launched in September 2009. The transition (at least for the major Belo television properties) was completed on November 19, 2009 when WFAA in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex relaunched its Web site.

References

External links

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