Although he was not on the preprinted guest list, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was a prominent member of the first panel to appear at today’s Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet DTV hearing. That doesn’t mean the committee members can’t grill him on other topics. But we are sorry to report that the committee was content for the most part to stay on topic.
RBR/TVBR observation: Martin is not exactly ducking questions about XM/Sirius – he’s been saying it’s an unusual and therefore difficult case – but it would have been interesting to see if a member of Congress could extract a little more detail on where the FCC is going with its review of the proposed merger. And it would have also been interesting to get a preview of the committee’s culinary plans for Martin when (or if) it brings him in for its investigation into his role in the allegedly malfunctioning FCC.