Comcast Hires FCC commissioner Who Voted for NBCUniversal Deal
NEW YORK - FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will leave the government agency to join cable giant Comcast as senior vp government affairs, NBCUniversal. The Republican commissioner was one of four commissioners of the agency's five who had voted in favor of the Comcast-NBCUniversal deal with a range of conditions earlier this year.
Baker's term at the FCC, which she joined in 2009, expires at the end of June.
Baker, who worked as a telecom lawyer, will be located in the Comcast/NBCUniversal government-affairs office in Washington, D.C. and report to Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast/NBCUniversal for Washington and another recent hire -- in his case, from cable trade group NCTA. Baker will also work closely with Rick Cotton, NBCUniversal executive vp and general counsel.
“Commissioner Baker is one of the nation’s leading authorities on communications policy, and we’re thrilled she’s agreed to head the government-relations operations for NBCUniversal," McSlarrow said. "Meredith’s executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBCUniversal the perfect combination of skills.”
Said Cotton: "I’ve seen Meredith’s mastery of issues up close as we’ve worked together on issues at the FCC and [before that at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration]. She understands the issues both domestic and international facing Comcast and NBCUniversal and will be a great addition to our team as we build the new NBCUniversal for the digital future."