Former Ofcom chief named communications minister

LONDON - Former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter has been named as minister for communications, technology and broadcasting in the House of Lords, as part of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's reshuffle.

Carter: elevated to the House of Lords as communications minister
Carter: elevated to the House of Lords as communications minister

Following a spell as chief executive of PR company Brunswick, Carter joined Number 10 as Brown's chief strategy advisor.

Andy Burnham, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, who, as a junior minister, Carter will report to, kept his post in the cabinet reshuffle.

Carter, who has been handed a peerage to take up his role in the House, said: "Given the global financial challenges, the communications sector has never been more important to our economy.

"This role is an opportunity to make a contribution to the growth of this key sector, and I look forward to working closely with Peter Mandelson [who was brought back in to the cabinet as secretary of state for business] and Andy Burnham."

Burnham said: "Bringing in such a significant figure at this time shows just how seriously the Government takes the future of broadcasting and the communications sector in the UK."

He added: "As I said last week at the Royal Television Society, there is now a real urgency to take the key decisions that will secure high quality public service broadcasting the future. I will be working closely with Stephen on this and I will be setting out the way forward in the New Year."

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