By: Todd Shields
(Mediaweek.com) Jonathan Adelstein was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), bringing the five-person panel to full membership for the first time in more than a year.
Adelstein, 40, a Democrat, was named by the White House in February. His appointment, uncontroversial in itself, became caught up in partisan wrangling and languished in the Senate until last month.
Adelstein, a longtime aide to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), joins Commissioner Michael Copps in the minority on the commission. The panel’s three Republican members include its chairman, Michael Powell.
The FCC is trying to speed the transition to digital TV, and it is considering whether to relax rules that limit the growth of television and radio companies.
The FCC has operated without full membership since Democratic Commissioner Gloria Tristani resigned in September 2001 to launch an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Senate seat in her native New Mexico.