Belo Promotes Valentine and Weir
DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly traded television companies, announced today that Michael Valentine has been named vice president/Content. In this newly created role, Valentine will direct news content strategies across multiple platforms for the Company's 15 television markets. He will also help explore additional digital opportunities for new and existing content.
Belo also announced the promotion of Joe Weir to vice president/Digital. In this role, Joe will continue his interactive leadership for the Company as well as lead Belo's future digital initiatives and new product launches.
Most recently, Valentine served as vice president/News at WFAA-TV, Belo's ABC station in Dallas/Fort Worth. During his tenure, WFAA received many accolades for its investigative reporting including two George Foster Peabody Awards, two National Edward R. Murrow Awards and three duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards. WFAA made history in 2008 as the only local news station to ever receive the prestigious duPont-Columbia Gold Baton.
Since 2009, Weir has served as Belo's general manager/Interactive. He was previously internet manager/Sales at WFAA and was later promoted to director/Digital Media in 2008. Under Weir's leadership wfaa.com was honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for online innovation in 2008. Weir was also named one of six "Digital All-Stars" in 2010 by Broadcasting & Cable magazine.
"Both Michael and Joe have delivered remarkable results throughout their careers at Belo," said Peter L. Diaz , Belo's president/Media Operations. "Having Michael and Joe in these new roles will elevate the unique value our stations and websites bring to the local communities we serve."
Valentine joined Belo in 2002 as executive news director at WVEC-TV, Belo's ABC station in Hampton/Norfolk and moved to WFAA in 2005. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Vermont and a Master's degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Prior to joining WFAA, Weir was the Senior Online Account Executive for Belo Interactive from 2000 to 2005. Before that he worked for The Dallas Morning News in sales from 1996 to 2000. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University where he was recognized as an "Outstanding Young Alumnus" in 2009.
About Belo Corp.
Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated websites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry , vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations, at 214-977-4465.
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