News Corp. has hired a D.C. heavyweight to handle its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill after it becomes primarily a newspaper publishing company.
Antoniette "Toni" Cook Bush will join News Corp. next month as its executive vice president and global head of government affairs. Her hiring is in anticipation of the split of News Corp. into two separate companies. The entertainment assets are being spun off into a new entity called 21st Century Fox while the print operations will remain in News Corp.
A veteran Beltway insider, Bush has spent much of the last two decades at the white shoe firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she ultimately had oversight of the firm's Communications Group. She first rose to prominence in Washington as senior counsel for the Communications Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has oversight over both the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
In that role, she played a key part in crafting media industry legislation including the Cable Television Act of 1992.
"Toni is preeminent in her vast and subtle knowledge of policy, and in her appreciation of the profound social efficacy of news, information and education," said Robert Thomson, chief executive of the new News Corp., to whom Bush will report.