Democrat to finish his FCC term

Adelstein against relaxation of media ownership rules

NEW YORK — President Bush renominated Jonathan Adelstein to the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of a five-year term ending in 2008, the White House said Tuesday.

Adelstein, a former legislative aide to Sen. Tom Daschle, has been one of two Democratic commissioners on the five-member panel since he was appointed to fill the final six months of a term being vacated by Gloria Tristani in December 2002.

Adelstein, along with fellow Democrat Michael Copps, has opposed the administration’s push to further relax media ownership rules, including ownership of multiple TV stations in single markets and joint ownership of local TV stations and newspapers.

But Adelstein was renominated to the post as part of a deal between Senate Democrats and the White House to approve 85 nominations this week, including judicial and other federal appointments.

In the spring, Senate Democrats threatened to hold up all presidential appointments unless the White House afforded the minority party its traditional two seats on the commission.

FCC chairman Michael Powell said last week he plans to serve out his term, which expires in 2007.

Adelstein supported the FCC’s crackdown on indecency, and wanted the commission to levy a stiffer fine against Viacom than the $500,000 it assessed for Janet Jackson’s exposed breast during the Super Bowl.

But Adelstein has said he believes the bigger issue is the rollback of consumer protections that allow media congloms to get bigger, while providing fewer sources of local news and information.

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