New PM Liz Truss has named Michelle Donelan as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following Nadine Dorries’ resignation yesterday.
Donelan was previously Minister of State for Higher and Further Education and was Secretary of State for Education for just two days in July this year under Boris Johnson’s premiership.
Her career before Parliament was in marketing with stints at Marie Claire magazine and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Donelan has previously called for the “unfair” BBC licence fee to be scrapped and all eyes will be on her to see whether she will continue with Dorries’ plans to privatise Channel 4.
Producers’ body Pact is currently lobbying government to reverse the policy aim sending an open letter last week saying “We recognise that Channel 4 is not perfect, just like every other organisation. However, taking forward privatisation plans in their current form would damage a thriving independent sector, deter voters, and endanger Margaret Thatcher’s legacy. We strongly urge you to reconsider these plans.”
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