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Belo Ups WFAA’s Michael Valentine to VP Position

Belo has named former WFAA news director Michael Valentine vice president of content for the company.

Valentine has been with Belo since 2002 when he became news director of WVEC, the company’s ABC station in Hampton-Norfolk.  He moved to WFAA in 2005.

In the newly created position, Valentine will “direct news content strategies across multiple platforms” for Belo’s 15 markets.

In announcing the move, Belo president of media operations Peter Diaz remarked that Valentine has “delivered remarkable results” throughout his tenure at the company.

Jobs Open at KOLD for Out-of-Work KMSB Staffers

When Belo announced last month that it had struck a shared services agreement with Raycom Media in which the company’s Tucson Fox-affiliate KMSB would hand over its news operations to Raycom’s KOLD, a large-scale round of layoffs were expected.  Now it appears that at least a handful of KMSB staffers will be able to land jobs with their onetime rival.

According to Inside Tucson Business, KOLD has posted 15 full-time and three part-time job openings specific to the agreement, and additionally there are three positions at the station that were vacant before the agreement.  And KOLD may soon post three or four additional openings.

By Inside Tucson Business’s calculations, that means there will be roughly 20 available positions at KOLD for the 30 or so people who will soon be out of a job at KMSB.

KMSB Anchor Tells Viewers He’s Losing His Job

It’s probably the most personal news KMSB anchor Lou Raguse has ever had to deliver to Tucson viewers. Following Belo’s announcement that the company was handing over news production at KMSB to Raycom Media’s KOLD, Raguse went on the air and told everyone that he was now out of a job.

“Beginning February 1st, Raycom will produce this newscast on Fox 11 as well as a two-hour morning newscast,” Raguse, who has been with KMSB since 2008, informed viewers at the top of the Fox-affiliate’s 9 p.m. newscast. “For right now, it means that all the news, sports, engineering, and production people here at Fox 11 are out of a job by that date.” Video inside… Read more

American Cable Association Blasts KMSB-KOLD Shared Services Agreement

The American Cable Association is condemning the recently announced shared services agreement between Belo’s KMSB and Raycom Media’s KOLD.

Belo is shutting down news operations at KMSB, a Fox-affiliate, and turning those duties over to CBS-affiliate KOLD.  Dozens of KMSB employees are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the agreement.

“With breathtaking disdain for the public interest, Raycom is seizing effective control of Tucson’s CBS and Fox affiliates,” ACA president and CEO Matthew Polka said in a statement. Read more

Belo Shuts Down KMSB News Operations; Dozens of Layoffs Expected

The TV news landscape in Tucson is imploding.  Belo is reportedly shutting down news operations at Fox-affiliate KMSB and handing the reins to Raycom Media-owned KOLD, a CBS-affiliate.

40-50 KMSB staffers are expected to lose their jobs, according to the Tucson Sentinel, while others may be able transfer to another Belo-owned station or apply for a position with KOLD.

The only employees that will stay on at KMSB are those in the sales department. Read more

Belo Reports 7% Drop in Revenue, Including a Dip in Non-Political Advertising

Belo announced today that its revenue dipped 7% in the third quarter, compared to last year’s Q3.

In addition to a significant decrease in political advertising, the company also experienced a drop in total spot revenue.  Belo took in $2.1 million in political advertising in the third quarter, compared to $11.2 million for the same period last year.  And total spot revenue, excluding political, was down 2% for the quarter with local spot revenue flat and national down 5%.

The company, which just reached a new retrans agreement with DirecTV after weeks of high-stakes negotiations, announced that retrans revenue was flat in the third quarter.

Finding a silver lining, Belo reported that automotive advertising was up 7% in the month of September and the company sees continued momentum going into the fourth quarter.

Belo Strikes Long-Term Retrans Deal with DirecTV

Belo stations will remain on DirecTV.

In an 11th hour announcement–similar to the one DirecTV and Fox made a day earlier–the satellite provider reported late Tuesday that it had reached a new retrans agreement with Belo, ending talk of a possible blackout.

“We have reached a long-term agreement with Belo that will allow our customers to continue to enjoy their favorite channels and shows,” DirecTV announced in a statement.  “These disputes should never involve viewers and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked to successfully complete this agreement.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Belo Stations May Go Dark at Midnight on DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers in markets like Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Portland may soon have one less option on their TV dials.

Belo–owner of WFAA in Dallas; KTVK in Phoenix; KMOV in St. Louis; and KGW in Portland, OR; as well as several other stations across the country–has yet to reach a new carriage agreement with DirecTV as the existing one is set to expire at midnight, tonight. Read more

Belo, DirecTV Facing November 1 Deadline to Resolve Retrans Dispute

Belo Television and DirecTV are facing a November 1 deadline to come to an agreement on a retransmission-consent deal.

Belo claims their 20 stations (view a list of them here)are undervalued by DirecTV. “They pay channels with far fewer viewers more,” Doug Armstrong, general manager of Belo’s KTVB in Boise, told the Idaho Statesman.

Belo started notifying their viewers of the dispute with commercials earlier this week. DirecTV, which says on their website that negotiations with Belo are ongoing,  issued a statement to the Dallas Observer disputing the notion that viewers are at risk of losing the stations. Read more

Belo Executive Steve McIntosh Gunned Down Outside Daughter’s School

Steve McIntosh, a vice president and general manager at Belo, was fatally gunned down on Friday evening in front of his three-year-old daughter.

The shooting occurred as McIntosh was picking his daughter up from her Arlington montessori school, according to Belo’s WFAA (video above).

The suspected gunman, who committed suicide following the shooting, was a University of Texas at Arlington student who had recently sought counseling from McIntosh’s wife, a UTA staff-member.

McIntosh oversaw advertising and financial services for Belo’s group of stations.  He began his broadcasting career in 1990 as an accounting assistant with Tulsa’s KOTV, a Belo station at the time, and went on to hold management positions at WFAA and KIRO, before moving on to become a staffer with the stations’ parent company.

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