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Richard E. Wiley Elected Media Institute Chairman of the Board

FOR RELEASE: December 15, 1998

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


December 15, 1998

Communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley is the new Chairman of The Media Institute's Board of Trustees, Institute President Patrick D. Maines announced today. Wiley was elected by the Institute's Board at its annual meeting Dec. 15 in Washington. He joined the Board of Trustees last December. A senior partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, Wiley presides over the largest communications law practice in the United States. He is a former chairman, commissioner, and general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he was a leader in the agency's initial efforts to foster competition and decrease regulation.

Since 1985, Wiley has been recognized regularly as one of National Law Journal's "100 most influential lawyers." He is a member of Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of numerous other awards.

"Dick has been a friend of The Media Institute for years and we're delighted that he is our new chairman," said Maines. "Dick is a leader and innovator and I look forward to drawing on his talents as we move this organization forward," Maines added.

The Media Institute is an independent nonprofit research organization specializing in communications policy. Through publications, conferences, and filings with courts and regulatory bodies, the Institute advocates a strong First Amendment, competition within the communications industry, and journalistic excellence.