News Corp. gives its D.C. lobbyist oversight of global policy
News Corp. is consolidating its worldwide government affairs activities under its chief Washington lobbyist, Michael Regan.
The move will give Regan, executive vice president of government affairs, authority over News Corp.'s lobbying and policy efforts around the globe. This could become crucial in the months and years ahead in Britain where News Corp. is currently under investigation for phone hacking and bribery by staff members of the London tabloid the Sun and the now-closed News of the World.
Reporting to Regan will be Fredric Michel, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy for Europe, and Joe Welch, who holds the same title for News Corp.'s Asian operations.
In making the announcement, James Murdoch, News Corp.'s deputy chief operating officer and chief executive of international operations, said: “This move will ensure that we have a clear, coordinated focus on legislative and regulatory issues across all the territories in which we operate .... It makes perfect sense as we continue to navigate the challenges facing the media industry on a global scale."
Although Michel and Welch used to report up the chain of command to James Murdoch, Regan will continue to report to News Corp. President Chase Carey.
-- Joe Flint