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03.18.2005
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Martin succeeds Powell as FCC chairman

President George W. Bush Wednesday designated Kevin Martin to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Martin, who has been a commissioner since 2001, will take the reigns of the FCC as issues that will shape the broadcast industry come to a head. Chief among those will be the ultimate resolution a date certain for the completion of the digital transition and switch-off of analog television service. While that issue may ultimately be decided by lawmakers, the commission will play a critical role in its unfolding.

In a statement posted on the commission’s Web site, Martin, 38, thanked out-going chairman Michael Powel and said he was “deeply honored” to be designated as the new chairman.

For more information, visit www.fcc.gov.

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