Purnell takes charge of television
LONDON — Margaret Hodge has replaced Shaun Woodward as film minister as part of the ongoing shake-up of central government heralded by Gordon Brown’s recent arrival as prime minister.
The news follows the appointment of James Purnell as U.K. secretary for culture, media and sport. Last week, fast-rising former Blair media advisor Purnell replaced Tessa Jowell, who was in the job for six years and now becomes Olympics secretary.
As minister of state at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Hodge will be responsible for all the creative industries and will be responsible for other areas including arts, heritage, museums, science and tourism.
One area which, unlike Woodward, Hodge will not be responsible for is broadcasting. Purnell is taking personal charge of that area including the digital switchover.
Hodge, who became an elected member of parliament in 1994, was most previously minister of state for industry and the regions at the Department for Trade and Industry. She lists family, opera, piano and cooking as her chief interests on her website.
Woodward is now Northern Ireland secretary.