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FCC Makes Media Bureau Staff Changes

Karmarkar, Sova and Holland are on the move

The Federal Communications Commission announced some leadership changes in the Media Bureau’s Industry Analysis Division.

Radhika Karmarkar, a deputy chief in IAD, will become the chief.

Brendan Holland, who led that division for seven years, now takes on a senior counsel role in the Audio Division.

And Chris Sova, a deputy in the Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division, will move over to be deputy chief of IAD.

Before her most recent role, Karmarkar worked in the Wireline Bureau’s Telecommunications Access Policy Division as the deputy chief overseeing multiple programs. She began in private practice at what is now Squire, Patton, Boggs. She also has worked at the National Telecommunications Information Administration and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and she had a previous stint at the FCC Enforcement and Common Carrier Bureaus.

Sova has been practicing FCC regulatory law for 25 years. Prior to joining the Enforcement Bureau, he was an attorney in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. He also has worked for Nextel Communications; what is now Lerman Senter; and Citadel Broadcasting.

Brendan Holland joined the FCC in 2012 and rose to chief of IAD by 2016. Before the commission he was in private practice for 14 years representing TV and radio broadcasters, wireless provider  and cable companies.