NEW YORK: Rupert Murdoch's global media empire has signed up a
senior telecoms executive to represent its interests in Washington
Michael Regan, 42, was confirmed as SVP of government affairs last week
and will begin on April 9. Regan is currently with NextWave Telecom as
SVP of external affairs.
In his new post, Regan will oversee the roster of PR firms working for
News Corp on a variety of issues. His job will also involve liaising
with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in addition to the US
Congress and other legislative bodies.
Among the issues on Regan's plate will be News Corp's acquisition of the
Chris-Craft TV station group, which still needs regulatory approval.
In addition, News Corp is still in the midst of discussions to acquire
News Corp and a number of other firms are fighting the current caps on
the number of stations a single media entity can own. The FCC is under
pressure to raise those limits.
Regan is a key addition to News Corp senior management, having helped
write most of the legislation in place. He was a senior staffer on the
House Commerce Committee and was involved in drafting the 1996
Regan said: 'It is a dynamic company and an exciting opportunity to work
for a firm with such a diversity of interests.'