Wiley Rein Telecom Pro Gets Big Las Vegas Spotlight


Heading to Las Vegas early for the 2018 NAB Show? So is Kathleen A. Kirby, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice.

She will serve as chair for the 37th annual Representing Your Local Broadcaster – PRIME TIME program organized by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) in conjunction with the NAB.

The program will be held on Sunday (4/8) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Encore Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Five panels of experts throughout the day will address a panoramic view of the legal, regulatory, and political landscape facing broadcasters under the Trump Administration, the Republican-controlled Congress, and a deregulatory FCC Chairman. Speakers include representatives from the Commission, private practitioners, corporate counsel, broadcasters, technical experts, and journalists.

As part of the program, Kirby will moderate a 1pm panel, “And That’s The Way It Is: Media in the Trump Era,” for an insider’s view of how the FCC is operating under the Trump Administration.

In addition, Wiley Rein TMT lawyer Henry Gola will moderate an 11a.m. panel, “Broadcast Engineering with the Stars,” for a nuts-and-bolts look at how programming comes together.

As part of the 2018 NAB Show official events, Kirby will moderate the panel “First Things First: Is the Press Still Free?” on Monday (4/9) from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

The participants in the panel will explore issues surrounding “fake news” claims and potential liability for broadcasters, unfiltered viewpoints through social media, and how journalism is being defined in today’s political and business environment.