Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


The secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, also referred to as the culture secretary, is a British secretary of state position with overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.[1] The office has been dubbed "Minister of Fun".[2]

Secretary of State
for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Incumbent
Oliver Dowden

since 13 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
StyleCulture Secretary
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
StatusSecretary of state
Minister of the Crown
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation11 April 1992
First holderDavid Mellor
Websitewww.culture.gov.uk

On 13 February 2020, Boris Johnson appointed Oliver Dowden to the office.[1]

Responsibilities


The secretary has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.[1] Responsibilities include:[1]

  • Arts and Culture
  • Broadcasting
  • Creative industries
  • Creative Industries Council
  • Cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • Cultural Renewal Taskforce
  • Culture, sports and arts sector recovery from COVID-19
  • Gambling and racing
  • Libraries
  • Media ownership and mergers
  • Museums and galleries
  • The National Lottery
  • Sport
  • Telecommunications and online
  • Tourism

History


The office was created in 1992 by Prime Minister John Major, as Secretary of State for National Heritage.[3] In his autobiography, Major says that, before the office was created, responsibility for cultural interests was shared among various departments, but important to none of them.[4] For instance, arts and libraries, although a separate department, had no minister in the Cabinet, sport was part of the Department for Education, film was part of the Department of Trade and Industry, broadcasting was part of the Home Office, tourism was part of the Department for Employment and heritage was part of the Department of the Environment.[4] He also wrote that the system tended to favour the interests of the articulate and well-connected London-based arts lobby.[4]

Thus, when he became Prime Minister, Major said that he saw that the only way to give culture and sport the higher profile that he thought that they deserved was to establish a new department, under a minister of Cabinet rank, to bring together all aspects of the arts, sport and heritage.[5]

List of Secretaries of State


Secretaries of State for National Heritage (1992–1997)

Secretary of State for National Heritage
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
David Mellor
MP for Putney
11 April
1992
22 September
1992
Conservative John Major
Peter Brooke
MP for Cities of London and Westminster
25 September
1992
20 July
1994
Conservative
Stephen Dorrell
MP for Loughborough
20 July
1994
5 July
1995
Conservative
Virginia Bottomley
MP for South West Surrey
5 July
1995
2 May
1997
Conservative
Chris Smith
MP for Islington South and Finsbury
2 May
1997
22 July
1997
Labour Tony Blair

Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1997–2010)

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Chris Smith
MP for Islington South and Finsbury
22 July
1997
8 June
2001
Labour Tony Blair
Tessa Jowell
MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
8 June
2001
27 June
2007
Labour
James Purnell
MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
28 June
2007
24 January
2008
Labour Gordon Brown
Andy Burnham
MP for Leigh
24 January
2008
5 June
2009
Labour
Ben Bradshaw
MP for Exeter
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour

Secretaries of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (2010–2012)

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Jeremy Hunt
MP for South West Surrey
12 May
2010
4 September
2012
Conservative David Cameron
(I)

Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2012–2017)

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Maria Miller
MP for Basingstoke
4 September
2012
9 April
2014
Conservative David Cameron
(I)
Sajid Javid
MP for Bromsgrove
9 April
2014
11 May
2015
Conservative
John Whittingdale
MP for Maldon
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative David Cameron
(II)
Karen Bradley
MP for Staffordshire Moorlands
14 July
2016
3 July
2017
Conservative Theresa May
(I)

Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (2017–present)

In 2017 the DCMS was renamed to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in acknowledgement of the increasing responsibility the department had gained for Digital affairs.[6] Karen Bradley continued as Secretary of State for the department.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Karen Bradley
MP for Staffordshire Moorlands
3 July
2017
8 January
2018
Conservative Theresa May
(II)
Matt Hancock
MP for West Suffolk
8 January
2018
8 July
2018
Conservative
Jeremy Wright
MP for Kenilworth and Southam
9 July
2018
24 July
2019
Conservative
The Baroness Morgan of Cotes
MP for Loughborough
(until 2019)
24 July
2019
13 February
2020
Conservative Boris Johnson
Oliver Dowden
MP for Hertsmere
13 February
2020
Incumbent Conservative

See also


References


  1. "Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  2. "Interview: David Mellor - A more mellow fellow? Mellor's not for". The Independent. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. The Transfer of Functions (National Heritage) Order 1992.
  4. Major, John (1999). John Major: The Autobiography. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 404. ISBN 0-06-019614-9. OCLC 42751073.
  5. Major, John (1999). John Major: The Autobiography. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 405. ISBN 0-06-019614-9. OCLC 42751073.
  6. "Change of name for DCMS". GOV.UK. Retrieved 11 November 2017.