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8 May 2006

Shaun Woodward Is New Minister For Creative Industries And Tourism


New Creative Industries and Tourism Minister Shaun Woodward today pledged to harness his first hand experience working in broadcasting to understand and promote Britain's outstanding creative industries

Mr Woodward said his 10 years in the broadcasting industry ideally placed him to tackle challenges such as the switch to digital television between 2008 and 2012, the completion of the BBC Charter Review and licence fee settlement and positioning the UK's creative industries at the heart of our economy.

He also looked forward to working with the tourism and hospitality industry, in particular to ensure the potential benefits of staging the 2012 Olympics were fully realised.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said:

"I'm very pleased to welcome Shaun to DCMS. He arrives at an important time. I look forward to working with him on everything from digital switchover, to licensing, to keeping our film and music industries healthy and vibrant."

Shaun Woodward said:

"Ten years of working in the broadcasting industry will undoubtedly help me both understand and promote the creative industries within Britain and across the world.

"This is a massively expanding part of the UK economy and represents a collective set of industries for which the Government must create a climate to enable further growth and expansion. 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.

"Tourism is a vital part of the UK economy employing more than two million people. The tourism industry rightly wants Government to create a climate for further growth and promotion and I hope to be a vibrant champion in the months ahead

"Undoubtedly the 2012 Olympics will offer a unique opportunity to the UK tourism industry and I want to ensure that we seize this moment."

Mr Woodward replaces James Purnell who has been appointed Minister of State for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions.


THIS IS FROM DCMS WEBSITE. I HAVE WRITTEN TO DCMS AND JAMES PURNELL SO MANY TIMES THAT, TO QUOTE HIM "WE MUST AGREE TO DIFFER".   I AGREED TO NOTHING. IS IT WORTH TAKING UP MUSIC LICENSING WITH NEW BLOKE? I DOUBT IT.
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