Martin succeeds Powell as FCC chairman

Martin takes over as FCC chairman as the broadcast, cable and telecommunications industries are undergoing unprecedented changes

President George W. Bush today 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 of 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, Martin, 38, thanked out-going Chairman Michael Powell and said he was “deeply honored” to be designated as the new chairman.

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