Matt Hancock

UK culture secretary moves to department of health, replacement named

Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright, has been named the UK’s new culture secretary after Matt Hancock took the health secretary role yesterday as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Wright takes over from Hancock as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, having worked as attorney general for the past four […]

Sky bidding war in prospect as Fox set for green light

21st Century Fox is expected to receive a green light from culture secretary Matt Hancock to take control of Sky this week, triggering a potential bidding war for the UK-based pay TV operator with Comcast. Hancock’s clearing of the deal is expected to conditional on Fox selling Sky News – most likely to Disney – […]

Boost for Comcast’s Sky bid as Hancock ‘not minded’ to intervene

Comcast has received a boost in its bid for Sky as UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Matt Hancock has said he is “not minded” to intervene. While the UK Enterprise Act grants Hancock the power to intervene in media mergers on public interest ground, he said that the evidence presented so […]

UK government calls for digital platforms to ‘step up’ online rules

Digital platforms need to “step up and play their part in establishing online rules”, according to culture minister Matt Hancock. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Hancock said that the when it comes to posting videos online, broadcasters are regulated by Ofcom, newspapers by IPSO, but user-generated content uploaded to major online platforms are […]

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 selects BBFC to enforce age verification of adult sites

The UK government has formally proposed that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) be the regulator for the age verification of online pornography in the UK. The government said that the BBCFC has “unparalleled expertise in classifying content” and has a proven track record of interpreting and implementing legislation as the authority for age […]

UK to enforce age checks on adult sites from next year

UK government is due to introduce age verification checks for adult websites next year, after signing in the Digital Economy Act. The new rules on online pornography are expected to come into force by April 2018, in what the government hailed as a milestone in its efforts to make “the UK the safest place in […]

UK Culture Secretary: TV one of UK’s greatest successes

The UK’s new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, praised TV as “one of the UK’s greatest success stories”. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Hancock said that in recent years TV has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the UK economy and that annually the sector generates more than £13 billion in […]

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 […]

Ed Vaizey replaced as UK culture minister

Ed Vaizey has been replaced as the minister in charge of the UK’s culture and media sectors, as the fall-out of the country’s recent political changes continue. Matt Hancock has been appointed minister of state for digital policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, effectively replacing Vaizey, who was minister of state for […]