This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2005.
SELECTION OF NOMINEES FOR DIRECTORS
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing with the Board, on an annual basis, the appropriate skills and characteristics required of directors in the context of the then current make-up of the Board. This assessment includes issues of judgment, diversity, experience and skills (such as understanding of relevant technologies, business background, etc.) in the context of an assessment of the perceived needs of the Board at that time.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers recommendations for Board candidates submitted by stockholders using the same criteria it applies to recommendations from directors and members of management. Subject to limitations in the Companys Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Amended and Restated By-Laws and applicable law, stockholders may submit recommendations by writing to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in care of The DIRECTV Group, Inc., to the attention of the Corporate Secretary by first-class mail at 2250 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo 90245 or by facsimile to 1-310-964-0839. To be considered by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for the 2006 annual meeting, recommendations for nominees must comply with the requirements described below in Stockholder Proposals, unless otherwise required by law.