posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 10:03 AM
A senior government official says Michael Powell, a member of the FCC since November 1998 and the chairman since early 2001, will announce his
resignation later Friday. His term on the commission runs through 2007.
Powell is the son of Colin Powell, the retiring Secretary of State. Before joining the FCC, Powell served as chief of staff of the Justice
Department's Antitrust Division.
Powell has been a relatively high-profile chairman of what had generally been a quiet regulatory agency before his tenure. He has pushed for
increased fines for obscenity and indecent content by the nation's broadcasters and backed a change in media ownership rules that allowed for greater
consolidation by the industry's largest conglomerates.
Powell had pushed for a large increase in the fines that the FCC can levy on broadcasters found guilty of indecent content, saying that the current
allowable fines constitute the cost of doing business for the station owners.
Powell was originally appointed to the FCC by President Clinton before being given the lead of the agency by President Bush. The Atlanta Journal
Constitution speculated late last year he is interested in a run for governor of Virginia, although he had declined to comment on his plans when
questioned by the press several times last year.
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This is certainly unexpected news, at least to me. Howard Stern reported this on his radio show today, saying "thank God he's gone".
Powell has also had plenty of work to do this past year, dealing with the Super Bowl half time show blunder and other events that were deemed, not
appropriate for the airwaves or television.
[edit on 21-1-2005 by Banshee]