Berg’s career as a communications attorney stretched back 38 years to when he went to work at the FCC. The career included stints at the NAB and large law firms. For the past seven years, he also wrote the Legal Memo column for TVNewsCheck.
Michael D. Berg, longtime communications attorney and frequent contributor to TVNewsCheck, passed away today from a heart attack. He was 67.
Berg began his career at the FCC as a staff lawyer in 1976, but soon was hired away by Covington & Burling. After five years there, he joined the National Association of Broadcasters, eventually becoming the senior associate general counsel.
In 1986, he returned to work at law firms — first at Miller & Holbrooke and then at Verner, Liifert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand.
In 2001, he struck out on his own, continuing to represent radio and TV clients before the FCC. Starting in 2007, he wrote a regular column for TVNewsCheck. Legal Memo explored all facets of communications law.
“Michael was excellent at dissecting arcane FCC rules and regulation and making sense of them,” said TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell. “Few journalists I’ve known took as much care as he did in making sure he got everything right.
“Over the past seven years, we became good friends. I’m going to miss him.”
He was a graduate of Syracuse University and Georgetown Law.
He is survived by his wife Linda; three daughters, Rachel, Anna, and Samantha (Seth); and two grandchildren, Giana and Kira.
Services are set for the Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St. NW) in Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m. Friday.