CINCINNATI, December 9, 2004 – Harris Corporation's (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division announced today that Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), headquartered in Dallas, has purchased four Harris Sigma®CD UHF DTV transmitters that will upgrade television stations to full power in Austin, Texas (KVUE-TV), San Antonio, Texas (KENS-TV), Tucson, Arizona (KMSB-TV) and Spokane, Washington (KREM-TV). The purchase raises Belo's total of Harris transmitters to 44 among its 19 full-power stations and one Belo-managed low-power station, clearly confirming Harris as Belo's vendor of choice for analog and digital television transmitters and associated transmission gear.
"Belo has a long-standing relationship with Harris extending more than 30 years," said Craig Harper, director of engineering, Belo Corp. "We made an exclusive commitment to Harris when we began our digital transition several years ago. We strongly believe in Harris transmitters for their reliability, design, service and technical benefits."
Belo is an early adopter of digital television, beginning with its flagship station WFAA-TV in Dallas in February 1998, which became the first VHF station in the U.S. to transmit a digital signal on a permanent basis. The new Sigma®CD DTV transmitters, ranging from 30 to 60 kW, will replace lower power Harris Diamond CD® solid-state UHF transmitters at all four stations. The new transmitters will be delivered in February 2005 and provide digital over-the-air signals in time for the July 1, 2005 FCC full-power deadline for DTV transmission.
Belo also is installing a Harris ReCon control and monitoring system to connect resources among all of its 19 full-power stations. The ReCon installation provides remote capabilities to study the transmitter's health and pinpoint and diagnose problems regardless of the engineer's location. The central server will be based in Dallas, although engineers at each station have access to the health and status of all transmitters connected to ReCon.
"Harris is very fortunate to have Belo's confidence as their exclusive transmitter provider as they continue on their path toward digital television," said Dale Mowry, vice president and general manager of Television Broadcast Systems for Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "With a relationship that spans more than three decades, it's important that we continue to deliver systems that Belo can rely on for years to come and provide them with the excellent customer support they expect."
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 approximately 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates media franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets); 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). Belo operates more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases and corporate communications, is available online at www.Belo.com.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the world's leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data. For more information, visit www.broadcast.harris.com.
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