Three tapped to top FCC’s Media Bureau

Gregg, Stewart, Klein, named to posts

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin has announced appointments to fill vacancies in the top three positions of the agency’s Media Bureau.

Former commission staff attorney Donna Gregg, now a board member of the North American Broadcasters Assn. and a lecturer on telecommunications at Duke U., becomes the bureau’s chief.

“Donna brings a wealth of experience and expertise on media issues to the commission,” Martin said in a statement. For the position of senior deputy chief, Martin tapped Roy Stewart, a 40-year veteran of the commission who most recently ran the Media Bureau’s office of broadcast license.

Deborah Klein, who has served as acting head of the bureau since former topper Ken Ferree left to join the Corp. for Public Broadcasting in March, becomes deputy chief. Klein has worked at the FCC since 1994.

Gregg and her deputies inherit some significant unfinished business, such as reviewing media ownership limits, which Ferree and former chairman Michael Powell tried to implement until a federal court stopped them last year.

The Media Bureau must also fulfill another court’s 2001 order to review market-share limits for pay TV companies.

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