Friday, September 15, 2006

Powell: Secret Report? Never heard of it.

September 15th, 2006 by J. Howard

Martin in action

This just in from AP: Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell says he never saw a study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage.

Powell, now a consultant, said through his assistant Judy Mann that “he never saw the report, he never heard of the report until yesterday and he certainly never ordered anything destroyed or stopped.”

But the ex-FCC lawyer who exposed the scandal is sticking to his story. Adam Candeub, now a law professor at Michigan State, tells AP that senior managers ordered that “every last piece” of the report be destroyed. “The whole project was just stopped — end of discussion,” he said.

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Barbara Boxer has demanded answers from Chairman Kevin Martin (pictured above) about the buried 2004 FCC study on local news. The report was given to her by an anonymous whistle-blower, who worked at the FCC during the time of the study.

She grilled Martin about it at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Now we’ve got the tape.

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