Powell Urged to Abstain on Media Votes


A media-deregulation scourge is trying out a new method for stopping
broadcast-deregulation votes next month at the Federal Communications

On Wednesday, Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital
Democracy, sent a lengthy letter to FCC chairman Michael Powell in which he
accused the Republican chairman and his staff of being "ideologically driven" to
roll back ownership curbs.

"Consequently, given your bias that has been apparent throughout the
proceeding, we urge you to recuse yourself from voting in this proceeding,"
Chester wrote.

On June 2, the FCC is expected to repeal in many markets the ban on the
common ownership of a newspaper and a TV or radio station, and to raise the 35
percent cap on the number of TV households a station group may