FCC Chairman to resign

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt is announcing today his intention to leave the commission as soon as a successor can be found and wins Senate ratification. Mr. Hundt at a press conference this afternoon is expected to say that he has been at the commission long enough and it is time to move on, but that he has no particular job in mind. Mr. Hundt's long-rumored decision poses some immediate questions including whether his crusades to examine liquor advertising and public service advertising will go on the back burner or instead be put on the fast track in advance of his departure. Mr. Hundt has been pressuring TV stations and networks not to run distilled spirits ads, and he recently called for looking at ``counter ads'' to beer advertisements.

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