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DeDe Lea, John Taylor Join Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: February 23, 2006

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
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Washington, Feb. 23, 2006 - Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute, announced today that DeDe Lea of Viacom Inc. and John I. Taylor of LG Electronics USA, Inc. have joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees.

Elected today at the Board of Trustees' annual meeting, Lea is Viacom's executive vice president for government relations. She returned to the company after having served as vice president of government affairs for Viacom from 1997 to 2004. In the interim Lea was vice president of government affairs at Belo Corp. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions at the National As-sociation of Broadcasters (NAB) beginning in 1991 and culminating as executive vice president for government affairs from 1996 to 1997. Lea holds a law degree from Georgetown University.

Also joining the board is Taylor, vice president of government relations and communications for LG Electronics. He joined Zenith in 1981and was named the company's senior public affairs executive in 1987 and a corporate officer in 1993. (Zenith merged with LG Electronics in 1999.) Taylor is a leading industry spokesman on technology issues. He serves on the boards of the Consumer Electronics Association Video Division, Advanced Television Systems Committee Forum, Home Recording Rights Coalition, and the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

DeDe Lea and John Taylor are Washington veterans who bring us complementary expertise in programming and hardware issues, and we welcome them both," Maines said.

The Media Institute's Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, online, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys. The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley, senior partner of Wiley Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Institute, visit www.mediainstitute.org.