FCC Chairman Names 'Survivor' Winner To Government Post

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has gone the somewhat nontraditional route in naming the new deputy chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau.

It is Yul Kwon, a name familiar for more than his degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford and a law degree from Yale, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.

Kwon's resume includes stints at Google and McKinsey & Co., as well as as a special correspondent on CNN and for the Discovery Channel. That came after Kwon won CBS reality show, Survivor, the first Asian American to do so the FCC points out. Kwon was the victor the show's 13th season, from the Cook Islands, back in 2006.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.