FCC Names Media Relations Office Head

Brian Hart has been named director of the FCC's Office of Media Relations.

Mark Wigfield, who had been acting director of the office, will return to his previous post as deputy director.

Hart has been communications director for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) for the past two years. Before that he was director of government relations for H&R Block, VP at Ketchum Public Relations and deputy chief of staff for Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.).

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who made the appointment, praised Hart's "leadership, sound judgment and experience," but also said Wigfield exemplified "the skill and dedication" of FCC staffers, saying he had done "superb" work.

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.