The Communications Director for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has taken over as Director for the FCC’s Office of Media Relations. The move results in the return as Deputy Director of Acting Director Mark Wigfield.
Brian Hart has been appointed for the role by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Hart is a veteran Hill staffer who, before working for Sen. Blunt, worked for Kansas Governor and former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) — hence his close ties to Pai, a native Kansan.
Hart has also worked for Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)
“Adding Brian to our skilled team of public affairs professionals will help ensure that we keep the public informed and engage productively with the news media,” Pai said. “We look forward to the leadership, sound judgment, and experience Brian will bring to our media relations team.”
In the private sector, Hart has worked on policy and media relations for Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum Public Relations, H&R Block and the Southeastern Conference.
Pai also thanked Wigfield for his leadership of the Office of Media Relations. Pai said, “Mark is an excellent communications professional and advisor. He exemplifies the skill and dedication of the career staff of the Commission. I am deeply grateful to Mark for his superb work during this transition and thank him for his continued service.”
The FCC’s Office of Media Relations is the agency’s liaison to the news media, including the Radio + Television Business Report. It provides information to the public about the work of the FCC, manages content on the Commission’s website, oversees release of FCC documents, leads the agency’s social media accounts, and manages audio/visual services for the Commission’s public meeting room.