NEWS RELEASE Contact: Betsy Robertson
January 11, 2013 Community Relations Manager
SEATTLE—Broadcasting & Cable Magazine’s annual TV Best in Class has selected Seattle’s Ray Heacox as General Manager of the Year in television markets covering 1 to 25. Seattle is the 12th largest market in the country. Heacox was selected through a process that combined reader nominations with B&C’s analysis of successful stations across the country.
The magazine said success in local television in the modern age requires station leaders who “create truly compelling content—entertaining, law-changing, perhaps life-saving stuff that no one else is providing—and disseminating to users on platforms old and new” while generating revenue greater than the competition.
“Ray’s a thinker,” said Peter Diaz, Belo president of media operations. “He’s constantly thinking about our business, how it is changing, and what media companies need to change.”
Among Heacox’s achievements cited by B&C:
- successful coverage of the Summer Olympics where the station ranked among the top in the country for ratings
- several prestigious industry awards including a Peabody, two national Murrow awards and 27 regional Emmys
- the culmination of a yearlong internal project designed to keep KING content topical and timely across multiple platform screens through better efficiencies and focused story meetings
- answering the reality of a two-way conversation with the audience through today’s social media outlets and creating the station’s first full-time social media manager
- Unwavering support of the investigative team, at a time when other stations were cutting investigative budgets
- Continuing investments in award-winning local programming including a refreshed, faster-paced Evening Magazine along with New Day Northwest, Northwest Sports Tonight and Gardening with Ciscoe
- Extensive community commitment to providing food to the state’s largest food bank, Northwest Harvest, through the station’s Home Team Harvest event. The December campaign set a new all-time record for meals raised, exceeding its ambitious goal of three million, upping it to a final tally of a remarkable four million meals.
“My job is the best because I can bask in the success of the great work done by a team of outstanding professionals – the recognition should be theirs!” said Heacox.
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KING 5 is part of Belo Corp (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, 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.