WASHINGTON, DC 20549


                                     FORM 8-K
                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) May 7, 2002

                             The Liberty Corporation
               (Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

       South Carolina                1-5846                      57-0507055
(State or Other Jurisdiction    (Commission File               (IRS Employer
     of Incorporation)               Number)                Identification No.)

135 South Main Street, Greenville, SC                              29601
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                         (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code          (864) 241-5400

         (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


     For further information:   Howard Schrott, (864) 241-5400


     Greenville, SC (May 7, 2002) - The board of directors of The Liberty
     Corporation (NYSE:LC) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.22
     per share on common stock, payable on July 2, 2002, to shareholders of
     record on June 14, 2002. Liberty currently has 19,757,000 common shares

     A major group broadcaster, Liberty owns fifteen network-affiliated
     television stations, including eight NBC affiliates (WAVE-TV, Louisville,
     KY; WIS-TV, Columbia, SC; WLBT-TV, Jackson, MS; WFIE-TV, Evansville, IN;
     WSFA-TV, Montgomery, AL; KCBD-TV, Lubbock, TX; WALB-TV, Albany, GA and
     KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA); five ABC affiliates (KLTV-TV, Tyler, TX;
     KTRE-TV, the satellite affiliate of KLTV in Lufkin, TX; WLOX-TV, Biloxi,
     MS; WWAY-TV, Wilmington, NC and KAIT-TV, Jonesboro, AR); and two CBS
     affiliates (WTOL-TV, Toledo, OH and KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX). In addition,
     Liberty owns CableVantage Inc., a cable advertising sales subsidiary; Take
     Ten Productions, a video production facility;

     and Broadcast Merchandising Company, a professional broadcast equipment

     Liberty has operational agreements and equity positions in WorldNow, the
     leading provider of Internet technology solutions for local media
     companies; MyWeather, developer of innovative technologies to provide
     personalized weather on the web, and iBlast, the nation's largest wireless
     data broadcast distribution network that provides a fast, cost-effective
     "last mile" solution for content providers and consumers.

     For further information about Liberty, visit the corporate website,

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         The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe
     harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain information contained
     herein or in any other written or oral statements made by, or on behalf of
     the Company, is or may be viewed as forward-looking. The words "expect,"
     "believe," "anticipate" or similar expressions identify forward-looking
     statements. Although the Company has used appropriate care in developing
     any such forward-looking information, forward-looking information involves
     risks and uncertainties that could significantly impact actual results.
     These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the
     following: changes in national and local markets for television
     advertising; changes in general economic conditions, including the
     performance of financial markets and interest rates; competitive,
     regulatory, or tax changes that affect the cost of or demand for the
     Company's products; and adverse litigation results. The Company undertakes
     no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
     whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                   THE LIBERTY CORPORATION

                                   By:  /s/ Martha Williams
                                        Name:  Martha Williams
                                        Title: Vice President, General Counsel
                                               and Secretary

                                   May 7, 2002