Kathleen A. Kirby was voted secretary and general counsel to the Broadcasters Foundation of America during today’s virtual meeting of the board of directors. Kirby, who is a partner with the Washington law firm Wiley Rein and co-chair of the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology group, takes over secretary and general counsel duties from Richard Bodorff, who will remain on the […]
Wiley Rein’s two founders, Richard Wiley and Bert Rein, will effectively retire from the strategic management of the Washington law firm on Jan. 1. Wiley will become chair emeritus and Rein will become vice chair emeritus. Two partners, Kathleen Kirby and Kimberly Melvin, will replace them on the firm’s executive committee.
Wiley Rein attorney Kathleen Kirby will receive the group’s annual First Amendment Leadership Award in the broadcast and digital industries. Nexstar CEO Perry Sook will also be presented with a First Amendment Award.
Journalists are worried about three provisions in legislation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein designed to stop intelligence leaks to the media that they see as too broad. Brian Weiss, a Feinstein spokesman, says lawmakers are weighing the criticisms. “The bill is a work in progress,” Weiss says. “Sen. Feinstein is looking at the comments and is open to changes as it moves forward in the Senate.”
As the FCC works on its Future of the Media Initiative, Attorney Kathleen Kirby outlines the state of electronic journalism’s relationship to the government. She says officials have no business making any recommendations as to how to enhance the quality of local TV news. What they should be doing is removing the TV duopoly rule that hinders smaller market stations from achieving efficiencies that can improve local news. Also important to boosting localism is avoiding complicated and unnecessary FCC paperwork.