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Speculation About NAB Prez Includes Its Former Lobbyist

The NAB may 'go to Orlando'

The NAB may go to Orlando, or more correctly, go with Orlando.

A report in Roll Call last week is making the rounds. The Capitol Hill publication says the National Association of Broadcasters is giving “serious consideration” to hiring its former top lobbyist John Orlando as president/CEO.

He’s now in a lobbying position with CBS.

The publication cited sources; NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton declined to comment on possible replacements for David Rehr.

Orlando, 53, moved to CBS several years ago, Roll Call reported. He is a former chief of staff to Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus John Dingell.

Roll Call quoted one source saying “He knows all the broadcast issues, he’s a well-wired Democrat and he has a reputation for being a pragmatic problem solver who works well with Republicans.”