Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business, today (May 8) unveiled Shaun Woodward as the new minister for the creative industries and

Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business, today (May 8) unveiled Shaun Woodward as the new minister for the creative industries and tourism.

Woodward replaces James Purnell, who has been appointed minister of state for pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions. This follows a cabinet reshuffle which took place May 5, a day after the ruling Labour Party's disappointing performance in local government elections in England and Wales.

Purnell was appointed minister for media and tourism on May 11, 2005.

In his new ministerial position, Woodward's remit will include duties for broadcasting and the creative industries, which groups the film and music sectors.

In a statement, Woodward vowed to throw his political clout behind the creative industries. "This is a massively expanding part of the U.K. economy and represents a collective set of industries for which the Government must create a climate to enable further growth and expansion," he said. "Whether it's television, film, computer games or the music business we have a fantastic set of opportunities with which I am thrilled to engage."

Culture secretary Tessa Jowell commented, "I look forward to working with him on everything from digital switchover, to licensing, to keeping our film and music industries healthy and vibrant."

Prior to the DCMS, Woodward was parliamentary under secretary of state at the Northern Ireland Office. He has written three books and has more than 10 years' broadcasting experience working in BBC TV News and current affairs.

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