Meet the new boss of TV: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski

Twelve years after he left the general counsel’s post at the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski is back, and this time he’s running the place.

President Obama’s hand-picked FCC chairman — the two are old pals from their Harvard Law School days — is settling in to his new gig this week. Genachowski gave a lengthy pep talk to FCC staffers on Tuesday, his first full day on the job, that gave some insights into his policy priorities. It’s also interesting to note what he didn’t say — no culture-vulture talk of policing the airwaves for the sake of children, just a mild reference to “protecting and empowering consumers and families.” Juliusgen

He’s clearly a tech-savvy guy with lofty ambitions. His resume by now is well known — he chief counsel to FCC chairman Reed Hundt from 1994-97, then moved on to working for Barry Diller at InterActiveCorp and its predecessors. He clerked for Supreme Court justices David Souter and William Brennan, and way back when he worked for Sen. Charles Schumer (Rep. Schumer at the time) on the staff of the House committee investigating the Iran-Contra scandal. So he’s got a few good Oliver North stories, no doubt.

Although he obviously wasn’t making a big policy speech, the goals he outlined to the FCC staff are still telling. Job one is helping Obama fulfill a campaign promise to dramatically improve the nation’s broadband infrastructure.

Or as Genachowski put it in bullet-point style in his address:

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  1. E.T. Darling says:

    Am a great supporter of Meet the Press on Sundays. Since the death of Tim Russert and replaced by David Gregory, I find myself distracted through the program each Sunday w./Mr. Gregory’s aggressive approach toward his guests, his not so subtle bias toward an individual or an issue – Gregory leaning toward a certain view (thus giving one a hint of his possible political affiliation, interrupting a guest from finishing a thought and not listening to what his guests have to say. It is a shame as the subject of each show is so outstanding, as well as the caliber of the guests invited to appear on the show. Perhaps it is due to Gregory’s lack of experience, seasoning, finesse and diplomacy. He appears to be somewhat anxious to promote himself rather than the program. I recognize Tim Russert was a hard act to follow – and what a class act at that.
    Gregory needs to develop a finesse that has always been Meet the Press’ greatest strength in the quality of the program and drawing the political elite to appear on the program. As a regular viewer, I have given Mr. Gregory time to grow into the job but I think it will not happen. I have had numerous guests at my home for the weekends and they too, independent of my views, commented on the points I just expressed.

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