RIAA head Hilary Rosen to become talking head on CNBC:
- Rosen, who will officially step down from her powerful RIAA post at the end of the month, has inked a deal to be a commentator for CNBC, she recently told music industry executives in an e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
Her gig will begin Aug. 1. According to the e-mail, she will discuss politics on the network’s evening show, “Capitol Report,” and give commentary on the media industry on the shows “Power Lunch” and “Squawk Box.”
“They are looking for me to do the larger picture on some of the content convergence and media consolidation issues and know that I have a point of view on many issues as a longtime advocate,” she wrote in the e-mail.
She added that she will assist the network in its coverage of Congress and the upcoming presidential election [NY Post]
More from Washington Post:
- “I really like the perspective of CNBC and the way they communicate with an audience whom they expect to be knowledgeable and sophisticated about issues,” Rosen said. “So I don’t feel like I’m entering show business.”
Like you haven’t been in show biz? What a disingenuous pile.
- Rosen, whose $1 million salary made her one of Washington’s highest-paid lobbyists, will take a substantial but undisclosed pay cut to move to CNBC, owned by NBC parent General Electric.
Rosen will continue to consult for the RIAA for one year, she said. She called the CNBC assignment a part-time job she can do while evaluating other offers, which she declined to identify. Rosen is a veteran lobbyist and a founder of the Rock the Vote youth voter registration campaign. Rosen said her occasional appearances on Alan Murray’s “Capital Report” led to the offer of providing regular commentary.
It will be very interesting to see if her tone changes at all once she is “independent” but still consulting.
Mary Bono not the answer?
- Executive recruitment firm Korn/Ferry International has been searching for Rosen’s replacement, with some difficulty. The firm recently gathered a second round of candidates after the first group proved inadequate, a source familiar with the process said.