UK government: superfast broadband now in 95% of UK premises

The UK government says it has delivered its manifesto commitment to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2017. Culture minister Matt Hancock announced the news today after independent broadband news and information site ThinkBroadband confirmed that more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses can […]

Matt Hancock upped to culture secretary

The UK’s minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, has been promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Hancock replaces Karen Bradley who has now been appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland. She in turn replaces James Brokenshire who has stepped […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

DCMS goes digital with department rebrand

The UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has added ‘Digital’ to its title in a bid to reflect that its “remit has evolved”. The department will continue to be referred to as DCMS in all communications, but is now the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said DCMS in a statement. “DCMS […]

UK culture secretary reappointed

UK culture secretary Karen Bradley has retained her position in a cabinet re-shuffle that followed last week’s general election. Bradley was first appointed secretary of state for culture, media and sport on 14 July 2016, and was elected Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands in May 2010 – a seat she retained last week. In April, […]

UK culture department names new ministers

DCMS has named a number of new ministers, following the appointment of culture secretary, Karen Bradley, and of minister of state for digital policy, Matt Hancock. Lord Ashton of Hyde is now the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS’) parliamentary under secretary of state and will represent DCMS in the House of Lords. Rob […]

UK creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The UK’s creative industries are increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider UK economy and exported £17.9 billion (€25.2 billion) of services in 2013, according to government figures. According to the latest figures published by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), exports from the creative industries increased by 34.2% –around […]

UK superfast broadband scheme connects 2.5 million

The UK government’s superfast broadband scheme has helped connected more than 2.5 million homes and businesses, rolling out at a rate of 40,000 premises per week.  According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, superfast broadband is now available to more than 80% of homes and businesses in the UK – up from zero […]