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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.

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