updated 09:10 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2011
Meredith Baker to lobby for Comcast-NBC
Comcast has announced that it has hired Meredith Attwell Baker, an FCC Commissioner. The Republican Commissioner will join the cable provider as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for NBC Universal, a leadership position in the company's Washington DC-based lobbying division. The move has raised eyebrows, considering the Commissioners recent role in approving Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal.
The company's formal announcement credits her with facilitating the digital TV transition and advising the Executive Branch on telecom policy, however it fails to mention her role in approving the controversial buyout.
"I’ve seen Meredith’s mastery of issues up close as we’ve worked together on issues at the FCC and NTIA," said Rick Cotton, NBC Universal's executive vice president and general counsel.
Baker was one of four Commissioners to vote in favor of the buyout, outweighing the vote from a single dissenter.