Former NAB Candidate May Represent NCTA

Jan 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Mitch Rose, The Walt Disney Co. lobbyist who lost his bid to head the National Association of Broadcasters late last year, is launching his own consulting firm next month in Washington-and industry sources say that one of his first clients will be the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Neither NCTA nor Mr. Rose were commenting on their new relationship Thursday. But Mr. Rose is widely perceived to be a hot prospect in media industry lobbying circles because he is a former top aide to Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee. Indeed, Sen. Stevens made no secret of the fact that he wanted NAB to hire Mr. Rose as the association’s top executive-a position that ultimately went to GOP insider David Rehr.

Mr. Rose was reported to be a prospect for NCTA’s top executive slot in 2004, before the cable TV industry association hired another Republican insider, Kyle McSlarrow, as president and CEO.