WASHINGTON Kevin Martin, a Republican who chaired the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for four years, said on Thursday he would be leaving the agency when the new administration takes over.
Martin, who had been a controversial figure for his strong stances on cable regulation and some other issues, could have stayed on as a member of the five-voting member independent regulatory body.
But President-elect Barack Obama's team will name the FCC chairman, which has much more power than the other four commissioners, setting the agenda and controlling a vast staff.
Martin gave no other details on the timing of his plans.
(Editing by Maureen Bavdek)