Stephen Hamblett Retires as Publisher and CEO of The Providence Journal Company

Posted on February 4, 1999

Belo has announced that Stephen Hamblett, a member of Belo's Board of Directors and chairman, publisher and chief executive officer of The Providence Journal Company, will retire effective April 1, 1999 as publisher and chief executive officer. Hamblett, age 64, will remain a director of Belo and chairman of the board of The Providence Journal Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Belo.

Succeeding Hamblett as publisher and chief executive officer of The Providence Journal Company is Howard G. Sutton, a 26-year veteran of PJC who is currently president and assistant publisher. No other management changes are planned coincident with Hamblett's retirement.

In commenting on his retirement, Hamblett said, "After much deliberation, I have decided to retire as publisher and CEO of The Providence Journal Company. I am very pleased that Howard Sutton will succeed me in these positions, retaining his present title of president as well.

Effective with Hamblett's retirement, Sutton will become a member of The Providence Journal Company board of directors. Burl Osborne, president of Belo's Publishing Division and publisher of The Dallas Morning News, will also join The Providence Journal Company board and succeed Hamblett as board chairman upon his retirement in December 2000.
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