With the last operative for “TVFreedom” having switched sides and moved over to Charter Communications as a policy analyst, the NAB has put in place a new a person to voice the anti-pay-TV communications channel.
Casey Mohan, a veteran National Broadcasting Association policy analyst who most recently worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign, will take over for Rob Kenny, who left the NAB’s Beltway-based communications firm, Mercury, in October to work for Charter.
For his part, Kenny used the distance between the NAB and TVFreedom to launch a steady stream of negative communications salvos against the pay-TV industry. And it doesn’t look like Mohan will miss a beat.
On Dec. 16, Mohan’s first blog post was headlined, “Cable Claus is Coming to Town to Fill Your Stockings With 'Surcharges.'" (Got to admit that’s clever, right?). Mohan kept the hits coming with Monday’s follow-up, headlined, “A New Year, But Same Old Pay TV Double Talk.”
The latter served as a rebuttal to pro-TV voices the American Television Alliance (ATVA) and American Cable Association, which had put out their own communications regarding the New Year onslaught of retrans-related station blackouts.
“First, the notion that ATVA and ACA members are ‘just trying to protect consumers’ is absurd,” Mohan stated. “Laugh out loud absurd. ‘Anthony Wiener Is a Good Role Model’ absurd. Need evidence? Then just look at the history of anti-consumer pay TV behavior (annual rate hikes at twice the rate of inflation; abysmal customer service, etc.). It’s a sad and sordid tale, and it’s no wonder the list of ATVA and ACA members are considered among the least liked businesses in America.”
Mohan has yet to respond to FierceCable’s congratulatory note/inquiry regarding job status.
The NAB, meanwhile, has also yet to respond to an inquiry for comment.