FCC's Martin Gets Ticket To One More CES


In what should be one of his final public appearances as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin Martin is scheduled to sit for a one-on-one interview next week at the 2009 International CES trade show in Las Vegas.

Martin will be hosted by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which produces the annual CES confab, the trade group announced Tuesday. It will be the third year in a row Martin has participated in the interview session with Shapiro at CES.

Martin, appointed FCC chairman in 2005, is expected to step down when President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20. 

Topics to be covered include Martin's tenure at the FCC; the challenges likely to confront industry and the incoming Obama administration; the Feb. 17 digital TV transition; as well as "cable compatibility, spectrum, broadband and other issues critical to the consumer electronics industry," the CEA said.

The "dialog" between Martin and Shapiro is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. PT in the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall rooms N255-257.