Alabama TV Station In Must-Carry Spat Tries Humor To Sway FCC Staff

WGBP has deployed just about every legal argument possible in an effort to win a carriage dispute with Dish Network. Now the station is trying a little humor with the FCC’s Media Bureau staff to get across its point that Dish is blurring the meaning of regulations that are clear on their face. “While these interpretations are clear and unambiguous, Dish effectively asks the Media Bureau staff to stand on one foot, put on a pair of oversized sunglasses, and spin around five times, to try to find a different meaning,” said Wiley Rein lawyer Ari Meltzer, counsel for WGBP owner CNZ Communications, in a Jan. 5 filing with the commission.

Kathleen Kirby Named Broadcasters Foundation of America Secretary-General Counsel

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 […]

Scott Wilkens Joins Wiley Rein As TMT Partner

Commercial litigation attorney Scott B. Wilkens has joined Washington-based Wiley Rein as a partner in the firm’s telecom, media and technology (TMT) practice. His diverse experience includes representing leading broadcast and entertainment companies […]

FCC Vet Bruce Romano Joins Wiley Rein

Wiley Rein Adds Former Media Bureau Chief

Bill Lake, a veteran communications lawyer, has joined the Washington law firm’s TMT Telecom, Media & Technology practice.

 

Wiley Rein To FCC: Ease Anti-Collusion Rules

The Washington law firm filed a letter with the FCC today encouraging it to issue a formal declaration that, with the incentive auction’s final stage rule satisfied, no communications by broadcasters about the reverse auction can violate the commission’s prohibition on certain auction-related communications.

Dick Wiley, Bert Rein Taking Emeritus Posts

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.

More Layoffs At Wiley Rein Law Firm

Back in November, Wiley let go of its bankruptcy department (eight lawyers in all). Now the firm confirmed the departures of almost 50 lawyers and staff. It’s interesting to note that associates weren’t cut; perhaps it’s because they’re profitable. Presumably the same cannot be said of certain partners, who can be expensive, and certain staffers, who might be less necessary than before in this age of increasing automation.

Robert McDowell Joins Wiley Rein In D.C.

The former commissioner begins work in the law firm’s communications practice in Washington today. After his seven years at the FCC, he has been a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet.

Wiley Rein’s Media Practice Launches Law Blog

Washington-based law firm Wiley Rein’s Media Group has launched WileyonMedia, a blog highlighting the latest news and insights from the firm’s media attorneys.  Broadcast and multichannel video regulation, media transactions, […]

Ex-NTIA, FCC Official Anna Gomez Joins Wiley Rein

Anna M. Gomez, who served as the deputy assistant secretary for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) since 2009, has joined […]

Wiley Rein Ups Five To Partner And Of Counsel

The Washington law firm of Wiley Rein elected two new partners, Thomas R. McCarthy and Mark B. Sweet, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The firm has also promoted three associates — […]