Washington-based firm Dow Lohnes has been hired by the Board of Governors of the Fox Affiliate Association as counsel.
The firm will advise the association on legal, regulatory and policy issues. The association is a membership organization for independently owned affiliates of the Fox Television network.
“With the ever changing relationship between the Fox Network and its affiliates coupled with the paradigm shift in the industry, the board felt strongly that it needed legal representation to help navigate the sea change,” Brian Brady, chairman of the association's board, said in a statement. “The future of the broadcast industry hinges on a meaningful relationship between the network and the affiliates so both can grow and prosper while remaining relevant to the viewer.”
The network has been asking affiliates to give up a certain percentage of retransmission fees paid to them by cable operators.
“The Fox affiliates have played a critical role in the success of the Fox Network, due in part to the strength of the Fox Affiliate Association,” Kevin Latek, a partner in the firm’s communications practice said in a statement.