Karen Bradley

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, […]

Sky-Fox inquiry extended until after UK election

UK culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has extended the investigation deadline for 21st Century Fox’s planned £11.7 billion takeover of Sky until after the UK general election. In a statement published Friday, Bradley said she had written to UK broadcast regulator Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), extending the period within which they must report […]

Channel 4 claims relocation would be ‘highly damaging’

Channel 4 has said moving out of London would be “highly damaging”, after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley revealed the UK government is looking into the possibility of relocating the public broadcaster. Speaking at the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford, Manchester this morning, Bradley said that Channel 4 would not be privatised, but that […]

Ofcom sets out tight timetable for Sky probe

UK regulator Ofcom has set out a tight timetable for its dual-track investigation into 21st Century Fox’s merger with Sky following culture, media and sport secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to refer the bid to regulators. The regulator has published an invitation to comment with written responses supported by evidence to be submitted by March 30. […]

UK government refers Sky takeover to regulators

The UK government has formally referred 21st Century Fox’s planned £11.7 billion takeover of the 61% it does not already own of Sky to regulators. Speaking in the House of Commons this morning, culture secretary Karen Bradley said that it was “wholly appropriate” to seek comprehensive advice from broadcast regulator Ofcom on public interest considerations, […]

Ofcom: Sky merger warrants ‘fit and proper’ probe

UK regulator Ofcom has said that it “consider[s] it appropriate to examine any implications of a change of control over Sky for its holding of broadcast licences”. The regulator said it will outline the timing of its own look at whether Sky is fit to hold a broadcast licence in the UK when it becomes […]

UK minister ‘minded’ to refer Sky deal to Ofcom

UK culture secretary Karen Bradley has said she is “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s full takeover of Sky to regulator Ofcom on public interest grounds. In a statement published Friday, Bradley said that said that she would make her final decision in the week beginning March 13 about whether to issue a European Intervention […]

BBC set to name new chairman

UK public broadcaster the BBC is nearing the appointment of a new chairman. Former Bank of England and Virgin Money deputy governor David Clementi has been recommended for the post by an Department of Culture, Media and Sport panel, according to various reports. The hire will need approval from UK prime minister Theresa May. She […]

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 […]

Karen Bradley named UK culture secretary

MP Karen Bradley has been appointed UK culture secretary, taking over from John Whittingdale. The move was announced yesterday, during Theresa May’s first full day as prime minister, as part of a broad cabinet shake-up that resulted in a number of senior ministers being replaced. Bradley has been the member of parliament for Staffordshire Moorlands […]