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Media Access Project names Tyrone Brown new CEO

Public interest group Media Access Project said Wednesday that it has appointed former FCC commissioner Tyrone Brown to lead the organization.

Brown, an attorney at the Wiley Rein law firm, will take over as chief executive, succeeding Andrew Schwartzman, who will stay on as senior vice president and policy director.

Schwartzman said the organization has been looking for a leader to take over the communications public advocacy group and had in mind hiring a "young whipper snapper" to take over Schwartzman's responsibilities so he could concentrate more on policy issues.

Instead, the organization went for the veteran telecom policy insider because of his deep understanding of media and telecom issues and connections in the private sector. Brown has also been an advocate for minority representation in the media and a supporter of localism, Schwartzman said.

"I plan to concentrate on expanding MAP's sources of funding and, substantively, on highlighting and combating structural barriers to objective news reporting and on supporting optimal and ubiquitous access to the Internet by all demographics," Brown said in a statement.

Brown served at the FCC during the Carter administration. He was vice president of Iridium satellite and was in-house counsel for The Washington Post Co.'s broadcast operations.

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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