Michael Regan, a former Republican communications aide on Capitol Hill and
lobbyist for NextWave Telecom Inc., was named News Corp.'s top Washington
In a prepared statement, News Corp. said Regan was appointed senior vice
president of government affairs, reporting to president and chief operating
officer Peter Chernin and Fox Television chairman Brian Mulligan.
Regan, 42, worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee under chairman
Thomas Bliley (R-Va.) during debate on the bill that became the
Telecommunications Act of 1996.
He left the Hill to become senior vice president of external affairs for
NextWave, a wireless company that bid nearly $5 billion for Federal
Communications Commission licenses before tumbling into bankruptcy, spurring
years of ongoing litigation.
'Mike has distinguished himself in both the public and private sectors as an
uncommonly effective advocate and strategist with strong relationships across
the political spectrum,' Chernin said in a prepared statement.
Regan starts his new job April 9. He replaces Bob Quicksilver, who took over
News Corp.'s D.C. office after Peggy Binzel joined the National Cable Television
Association as executive vice president.