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FCC ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATION OF NEW MEDIA BUREAU
Washington, D.C. – As part of FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell’s reorganization plan promoting a more efficient, responsive, and effective organizational structure, Kenneth Ferree, chief of the newly created Media Bureau, today announced the organizational units and senior personnel of the new Bureau. The Media Bureau develops, recommends and administers the policy and licensing programs relating to electronic media, including cable television, broadcast television and radio in the United States and its territories. The Media Bureau also handles post-licensing matters regarding Direct Broadcast Satellite service. The new bureau will begin operations on March 25, the effective date of the FCC reorganization plan.
Ferree said, “The work ahead of us in the Media Bureau should present many exciting challenges and opportunities for all concerned. I am confident that the new integrated staff is ready to take on these challenges and to deal with the complex legal, technical, and economic issues that await us. We are fortunate to have dedicated and capable individuals who devote their careers to public service. The new Bureau draws upon some of the best senior personnel in the Commission.”
The organizational units of the Media Bureau include the Office of the Bureau Chief; the Office of Broadcast Licensing, which includes the Audio and Video Divisions; the Policy Division; the Industry Analysis Division; the Engineering Division; the Office of Communications and Industry Information; and the Management and Resources staff. The functions and senior personnel of each organizational unit are detailed below.
Office of the Bureau Chief
Deborah E. Klein, Special Counsel/Chief of Staff
William H. Johnson, Deputy Chief
Robert Ratcliffe, Deputy Chief
Jerry Duvall, Chief Economist
Keith Larson, Chief Engineer
Rick Chessen, Associate Chief, Digital Television Task Force
Barbara Esbin, Associate Chief
Marjorie “Peggy” Greene, Associate Chief
Sarah Whitesell, Associate Chief
Paul Gallant, Special Advisor, Media Ownership Working Group
Thomas Horan, Senior Legal Advisor
Jamila Bess Johnson, Senior Legal Advisor
Michelle Russo, Director of Media Relations
Priya Shrinivasan, Special Advisor
Office of Broadcast License Policy
Senior Legal Advisor: David Brown
Audio Division: The Audio Division licenses commercial and noncommercial educational AM, FM, Low Power FM, FM Translator and FM Booster broadcast services. The Division provides legal analysis of broadcast, technical and engineering radio filings and recommends appropriate disposition of applications, requests for waivers and other pleadings.
Deputy Chief: Nina Shafran
Associate Chief: James Bradshaw
Associate Chief: Edward Delahunt
Assistant Chief: John Karousos
Assistant Chief: Lisa Scanlan
Assistant Chief: Michael Wagner
Video Division: The Video Division licenses commercial and noncommercial educational TV, Low Power TV, Class A TV, TV translators and TV Booster broadcast services. The Division provides legal and technical analysis of applications and recommends appropriate disposition of applications, requests for waivers and other pleadings.
Deputy Chief: James Brown
Associate Chief: Hossein Hashemzadeh
Associate Chief: John H. Morgan
Associate Chief: Clay Pendarvis
Assistant Chief: Mary Fitzgerald
Deputy Chief: Steven Broeckaert
Deputy Chief: John Norton
Assistant Chief: Robert Baker
Assistant Chief: Marlene Dortch
Assistant Chief: Eloise Gore
Assistant Chief: Ronald Parver
Industry Analysis Division The Industry Analysis Division conducts and participates in proceedings regarding media ownership and the economic aspects of existing and proposed rules and policies. The Division reviews license transfers that implicate significant policy issues. The Division collects, compiles, analyzes and develops reports on relevant industry and market data and information, including preparing the annual report to Congress on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming.
Deputy Chief: Mania Baghdadi
Deputy Chief: Marcia Glauberman
Assistant Chief: Judith Herman
Assistant Chief: Roger Holberg
Senior Economic Advisor: Daniel Hodes
Engineering Division The Engineering Division conducts technical reviews of media related matters. The Division processes Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) applications, special relief and show cause petitions involving technical matters, and requests for rulings on technical matters and requests for waivers of the rules. The Division processes signal leakage performance reports filed by cable system operators, analyzes aeronautical frequency usage data and takes appropriate action to ensure compliance with FCC requirements.
Deputy Chief: Michael Lance
Assistant Chief: Wayne McKee
Office of Communications & Industry Information The Office of Communications and Industry Information, in coordination with the Office of Legislative Affairs, responds to inquiries from Members of Congress and their staffs, prepares material for FCC personnel participating in Congressional hearings and meetings, and provides analysis of legislative proposals concerning specific matters within the jurisdiction of the Media Bureau. The Office also distributes official Bureau decisions and reports and processes FOIA requests.
Management and Resources Staff The Management and Resources staff oversee the direction of Bureau-wide management and administrative programs, including personnel management, budget formulation and execution, information technology management, and administrative support services.
Deputy Assistant Chief for Management: Ann Morgan
Deputy Assistant Chief for Management: Michael Teaney
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For more information about the Media Bureau, after March 25, 2002, visit www.fcc.gov/mb.