Viacom lobbyist off to TW

Melton returns to previous employer

WASHINGTON — Carol Melton, Viacom’s top lobbyist for eight years, has ankled to manage the D.C. shop of previous employer Time Warner.

“I’m delighted to be going back home,” Melton told Daily Variety. She starts today as TW’s exec veep for global public policy.

Did the recently announced division of Viacom’s companies influence her decision?

“My unique specialty is managing issues for a broad-based media company,” Melton said. She has “many great memories” of Viacom, she added, and is leaving with “nothing but positive feelings. But I can’t imagine a better opportunity than to go back to Time Warner.”

Melton’s predecessor, Robert Kimmitt, resigned in March to take a job with law firm Wilmer Cutler but then became President Bush’s nominee for deputy secretary of the Treasury.

At TW, Melton will have essentially the same duties and responsibilities she had at Viacom, just more of them. “With Time Warner’s larger global portfolio, it will necessitate my focusing on more than just Washington issues,” she said.

She expects to be traveling to Time Warner’s various offices around the world on a regular basis.

While at TW from 1987-97, Melton was responsible for development and advocacy of the conglom’s public policy regarding legislative and regulatory matters. She joined Viacom in 1997.

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