FCC to Name Martin Chief - TheStreet

Republican Kevin Martin will get the nod as the new chairman of the

Federal Communications Commission

, according to media reports.

The Wall Street Journal

, citing an administration official, reported Wednesday that Martin would take the FCC commissioner post. Michael Powell said

in January that he'd give up the job this month.

"Having completed a bold and aggressive agenda, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and let someone else take the reins of the agency," fellow Republican Powell said in a Jan. 21 statement.

Fans say Powell, who in 1997 was appointed to the media and telecom panel by President Clinton, was the right man to open the way to more competitive markets.

Martin, who has strong ties to the Bush administration, was considered a frontrunner for the job. Because he already serves on the commission, Martin wouldn't need to be confirmed by the Senate.

After working on President Bush's election campaign and his transition team, Martin was chosen for a seat on the five-member commission in 2001. His elevation opens up the slot for another Republican appointee on the five-member FCC, as would the expected departure of fellow Republican Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy.