FOR RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2011

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Washington, Dec. 1, 2011 –  Meredith A. Baker of NBCUniversal and John S. Orlando of CBS Corporation were elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute at the board’s annual meeting today in Washington.

Meredith Baker is senior vice president of government relations for NBCUniversal.  She served most recently as a Federal Communications Commissioner from July 2009 to June 2011.  Prior to that she served as acting assistant secretary of commerce for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) during the national transition to digital television.

John Orlando is senior vice president, Washington, for CBS.  Previously he was executive vice president of government relations for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  He came to the NAB from CBS, where he had been vice president of the CBS Washington office.  From 1989 to 1993 Orlando was chief of staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Institute also announced two appointments to its First Amendment Advisory Council: John Bussian, Esq., a communications attorney based in Raleigh, N.C., and Kathleen Kirby, Esq., a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C.

The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, satellite, online, telecom, consumer electronics, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys.  The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley, senior partner of Wiley Rein in Washington.  For more information about the Institute, visit