Free Press's Ben Scott Exits For State Dept. Post

Free Press policy director Ben Scott has exited the group to take a job in government.

Scott has been named a policy adviser for innovation at the U.S. State Department.

The Free Press policy team, which is pushing hard against the Comcast merger with NBC Universal and for network-neutrality government policies, will be headed by resaerch director Derek Turner.

"We will miss Ben's leadership, wise counsel, and strategic brilliance -- for Free Press and the overall movement for media and technology policy in the public interest," said Free Press President Josh Silver.

Free Press describes itself as a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Scott had been with the group for six years, Turner is a five-year vet, having started out as a research fellow.

Turner was schooled in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.