Karen Bradley has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport by Prime Minister Theresa May.
“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Karen Bradley MP as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport”, Number 10 said in a statement.
This is a promotion for Bradley, who was elected to Parliament as the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands in May 2010, and marks her first cabinet role. She previously worked under Theresa May at the Home Office, serving most recently as Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime.
Little is known about her views on some of the major issues she will now be facing at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. That includes her position on the BBC and the pending charter renewal, as well as the potential privatisation of Channel 4.
Karen Bradley succeeds John Whittingdale, who was sacked by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier today as part of a wide-ranging Cabinet re-shuffle. Whittingdale’s departure was warmly received by many in in the industry this morning. That was thanks to his staunch anti-BBC position, which forced BBC executives to do an end run around him and do a deal directly with then PM David Cameron and Chancellor George Osbourne to guarantee the future of the corporation.