Alaska cable operator General Communication Inc. has named Tina Pidgeon to the new position of senior vice president of governmental affairs and senior counsel, effective immediately.
She had been serving as vice president of federal regulatory affairs, based in Washington.
In her new job, Pidgeon is responsible for regulatory, legal and government strategy for the MSO. She will relocate to Anchorage and report directly to GCI president Ron Duncan.
Pidgeon's post was created in the wake of the death last month of Dana Tindall, senior vice president, legal, regulatory and governmental affairs, who was killed in the crash of a GCI plane that also took the lives of Tindall's 16-year-old daughter Corey, former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, former Steven's aide Bill Phillips, and pilot Terry Smith.
"Tina is a great asset to our company and has led our efforts to advocate for and shape common-sense federal telecommunications policy for many years," said Duncan in announcing the move.
Before joining GCI in 2003, Pidgeon was an attorney with Drinker Biddle, representing clients, including GCI, before the Federal Communications Commission and state regulators.
Pidgeon's move north also means that her husband Tim Fitzpatrick, Comcast Sports Group's vice president of communications, will be leaving the nation's largest cable operator.
Fitzpatrick, who has been based in Philadelphia, told Multichannel News that he will launch his own communications consulting firm in Anchorage.
Fitzpatrick has been with Comcast for 10 years. The company has not finalized a replacement, he said.
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.
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