MAP Taps Former FCC Commissioner Tyrone Brown As President

Media Access Project has tapped former Federal Communications Commissioner commissioner Tyrone Brown as president, succeeding Andrew Schwartzman, who has been atop the nonprofit law firm for the past three decades.

Schwartzman will continue with MAP as senior vice president and policy director.

Brown was recently a professor of ethics at Duke University. His resume includes counsel to Post-Newsweek Stations and the D.C. law firm of Wiley Rein, headed by former FCC chairman Dick Wiley.

"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," said Brown in a statement. "Both of these values are absolutely critical for our civil democracy."

MAP has represented various groups, including those challenging media ownership rules and those taking issue with the FCC's indecency crackdown.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.