News Corp. taps Regan to D.C. post

Former Hill staffer played key role in 1996 Telecommunications Act

WASHINGTON — News Corp. announced Monday it has named former Capitol Hill staffer Michael Regan Jr. to head its Washington D.C. lobbying operation.

Regan, who worked as telecom counsel to the U.S. House Commerce Committee from 1991 to 1996, played a key role in passage of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996.

News Corp. exec Robert Quicksilver, who has been doing double duty running the lobbying shop and serving as prexy of network distribution for Fox Entertainment Group, will focus exclusively on the latter gig once Regan arrives April 9.

In the meantime, Regan will ankle his post as senior veep of external affairs for NextWave Telecom, a bankrupt wireless provider fighting in the courts to get its licenses back from the Federal Communications Commission.

At News Corp., issues immediately facing Regan will be the proposed acquisition of Chris-Craft Industries, which awaits FCC approval; and the conglom’s fight to overturn a national ownership cap prohibiting Fox and other broadcasters from reaching more than 35% of the national market.

“News Corp. is a very dynamic company, and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” Regan said.

Regan will report directly to News Corp. prexy-chief operating officer Peter Chernin and Fox Television chair Brian Mulligan. His title will be senior veep of governmental affairs.

“Mike has distinguished himself in both public and private sectors as an uncommonly effective advocate and strategist with strong relationships across the political spectrum,” Chernin said.

News Corp.’s Washington shop suffered a loss last year when top lobbyist Peggy Binzel left for the National Cable Telecommunications Assn.

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