Thomas Rodgers, NBC's
Vice President for policy planning and business development, promoted to
head NBC Cable. The new division will soon launch the Consumer News and
Before moving to NBC in 1986 Rodgers
served as Senior Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications
and Finance chaired by then Congressman Tim Wirth, now
a liberal Senator from Colorado. In early August Capital Cities/ABC Inc.
named Mark McCarthy to the post of Vice President,
government affairs in Washington. For the past seven years he's served
as a professional staff member handling communications policy for the House
Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by
liberal Democrat John Dingell of Michigan.
The Democratic National Committee
(DNC) recruited some experienced media hands to help promote
their party line during July's convention. They hired former CBS News
correspondent Ike Pappas to produce interviews and
feature pieces for the DNC's "Convention Satellite News
Service" fed to local stations.
The DNC also produced Party Line,
an hourly "dope sheet" distributed to reporters. Its
Co-Editor, Lance Morgan, was once Washington
correspondent for the Yorkshire Post and Birmingham Evening
News and a contributor to The Guardian, three British
newspapers. Mary Russell, a Capitol Hill reporter for The
Washington Post in the 1970's, headed the "quote patrol,"
searching for newsworthy utterances.
Last month's "Study" listed 34
former political operatives who are now playing a role in campaign
coverage, mainly liberal activists turned reporters. Here are two
commentators for the growing list: Former Reagan
Communications Director Patrick Buchanan and Mark
Green, the 1986 Democratic New York Senate
candidate, provided commentary during CNN's convention coverage.
Through November, Conus Communications is
offering analysis from former Mondale campaign Manager Bob
Beckel and former Reagan White House political
aide Haley Barbour to their 78 subscribing television
stations. During the Republican Convention Conus affiliates could also
air commentary from Jack Kemp's campaign Manager, Ed
CORRECTION: The July
"Revolving Door" column stated that Dan Noyes, a new general
assignment reporter with ABC News, once worked for the Center for
Investigative Reporting (CIR). MediaWatch was
mistaken. There is a Dan Noyes at CIR and another with ABC News.
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