Disney Lobbyist Richard Bates Dies

Richard M. Bates, longtime senior vice president, U.S. government relations for the Walt Disney Co., has died. Since 2010, Bates oversaw Disney’s interactions with federal and state government entities and trade associations. He was a 29-year Disney veteran. Prior to working for Disney, Bates served as executive director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

John Orlando Launches Point52 Group

Veteran media and telecommunications executive John Orlando has founded Point52 Group, which will provide long-range strategic advice and counsel. Orlando has been on the front lines of advocacy for broadcasters and media companies. Most recently, he was part of the CBS senior management team as the executive vice president of global government affairs for CBS […]

New Fox Corp. Washington Team Set

Danny O’Brien, who heads up Fox’s lobbying arm in D.C., has hit the ground running today, day one of the new Fox Corp. He has been ramping up the operation for the past four months, including for what will be a months-long battle with cable operators over renewal of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) act.

Sinclair Hired GOP Lobbyists After FCC Action

Sinclair Broadcast Group hired a group of Republican lobbyists last month as the F CC put its proposed merger with Tribune Media in jeopardy, according to disclosure forms released this week. The filings show that Sinclair tapped the lobbyists to advocate for the embattled merger on June 19, three days after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he had “serious concerns” about the deal and would be referring it to an onerous administrative law proceeding.

Charter Hires Former NAB Exec Rob Kenny

Once charged by the NAB with throwing the communications equivalent of molotov cocktails at the cable industry, Robert Kenny has switched sides for a new regulatory communications role at Charter Communications. Former TV Freedom flamethrower Kenny has been hired by Charter, along with former Fox government affairs executive Maureen O’Connell, to work on and in Washington on behalf of the MSO.