FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has made a number of senior staff appointments including tapping the White House for a top communicator and tapping existing expertise for advice on the key issues of incentive auctions and spectrum policy.
Shannon Gibson, who had been special assistant to the President and director of Cabinet communications, joins the FCC as communications director and head of the office of media relations.
Jonathan Chambers, who has been acting chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy, has been named to head that office.
Gary Epstein, who has been chair of the FCC's incentive auction task force, will continue in that role while also serving as a special advisor to Wheeler on the auctions.
John Leibowitz, deputy chief of the Wireless Bureau, will also be special advisor to the chairman for spectrum policy.
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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.