Hollings Blasts FCC Chairman

By: Todd Shields

Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, D-S.C., on Thursday lambasted the top federal official who oversees media-ownership rules.

Hollings said Michael K. Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), pays too much heed to the marketplace and not enough to the wishes of Congress.

By way of the appropriations process, Hollings can exert significant influence upon the FCC. He told Powell, “You’d make a wonderful executive vice president of the chamber of commerce, but not the chairman of a regulatory agency.”

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