A British post-election ministerial reshuffle was unveiled May 11 at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business.
LONDON -- A British post-election ministerial reshuffle was unveiled May 11 at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which has primary dealings with the national music business.
As part of the DCMS revamp, James Purnell has been appointed to succeed Estelle Morris, who was minister of media and culture. He will hold the title of minister for media and tourism.
Purnell, 35, member of parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, takes responsibilities for broadcasting and the creative industries, which includes music. Until recently, he was parliamentary private secretary in the cabinet office.
Morris, the former education secretary, was named as minister of the arts in a June 2003 reshuffle under prime minister Tony Blair. Since joining the department, Morris has played a vital role in the establishment of forums dedicated to the live music sector and intellectual property.
Also confirmed May 11 was the appointment of David Lammy as minister for culture. Lammy, 32, will take responsibilities for the arts. A member of parliament for Tottenham, Lammy was until recently a junior minister at the department for constitutional affairs.
British culture secretary Tessa Jowell will remain in charge of the department's strategy, policy and expenditure.
Key issues awaiting Jowell and her team include the extension of copyright term for sound recordings, with the view to bring the European current term of 50 years in line with the longer United States' term.