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In a surprising move, Michael Powell is resigning (story.news.yahoo.com) as chairman of the FCC three years before his term was to end.

This certainly came out of no where. It'll be interesting to see who replaces him, & if there will be a change in the way the commission has been handling indecency...
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    Originally posted by Von Maestro
    In a surprising move, Michael Powell is resigning (story.news.yahoo.com) as chairman of the FCC three years before his term was to end.

    This certainly came out of no where. It'll be interesting to see who replaces him, & if there will be a change in the way the commission has been handling indecency...
Goooooooooooooood riddance. Among the obvious gripes, one of the more esoteric gripes is the fact that while he's been told over and over by many fine authoritative sources that widespread implementation of BPL would kill amateur radio thanks to its interference, he NEVER seemed to care and blindly let trials proceed, ignoring all valid complaints by hams which the FCC was supposed to address as, you know, part of the reason they were CREATED.

Of course, I offer my "good riddance" with a cynical eye, figuring they can't help but replace him with somebody even worse.



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Ah shit. Time to sell that BPL stock, again.



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Powell was way too pro big business. Monopolies are not good. Media monopolies are dangerous. There should be many outlets not just one group pulling the strings.



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He did what he was sent out to do which is get more money for big business and get "liberals" like Howard off the air. So, there is really no need for him to stick. I'm sure the Republicans will send another one of their drones in to make sure there is more "Family" entertainmnet on TV, easier for conservative radio shows to get on the air and stay on the air and for big business to glutton their pockets. I'm still shocked Clinton nominated this guy, but it was probably the easiest confirmation in the entire Clinton Administration.





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    Originally posted by A Fan
    He did what he was sent out to do which is get more money for big business and get "liberals" like Howard off the air. So, there is really no need for him to stick. I'm sure the Republicans will send another one of their drones in to make sure there is more "Family" entertainmnet on TV, easier for conservative radio shows to get on the air and stay on the air and for big business to glutton their pockets. I'm still shocked Clinton nominated this guy, but it was probably the easiest confirmation in the entire Clinton Administration.


Clinton nominated him because the Democrats were trying to woo Colin Powell. Now Colin Powell is out of the Bush Administration and ... Michael Powell is gone too. I thought daddy's little boy got his job on his own merits?

Of course, they'll just replace him with someone just as bad because it'll be someone reflective of the views of the Bush Administration towards censorship.



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    Originally posted by A Fan
    He did what he was sent out to do which is get more money for big business and get "liberals" like Howard off the air. So, there is really no need for him to stick.


The FCC didn't make that decision, ClearChannel did. You can argue a minor bit of cause-and-effect if you want, but that's not quite the same thing. If the *FCC* had taken him off the air, there would have been more than just a few markets, it would have been all of them.


    Originally posted by A Fan
    I'm sure the Republicans will send another one of their drones in to make sure there is more "Family" entertainmnet on TV, easier for conservative radio shows to get on the air and stay on the air and for big business to glutton their pockets.


It's not like there's been a shortage of conservative pundit radio in the last 20 years. It's just that they didn't start doing things like writing books and having TV spin shows until about 10 years ago when it became a cottage industry. Which started under Clinton, I might add.

I'm not defending ClearChannel since I tend to steer clear of the K-SAFE FM format, but it's not like industrial capitalism and the monopolies that result is a concept that started yesterday or even four years ago.

If independant radio stations or the lesser media distributors made more money, they'd be less inclined to sell to the ClearChannels of the world, period.




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