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Thursday, 28 June 2007

Brown's New Cabinet - Purnell Gets Culture

Gordon Brown has just announced his new cabinet, which includes James Purnell (at left) as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Purnell takes over from Tessa Jowell (who now has the Olympics).

Before his promotion, Purnell was nevertheless a frequent speaker on copyright, known for his enthusiasm for the topic. He has described his desire to make Britain the world's "creative hub," but his faith in stronger copyright to do so has unsettled many in the creative industries. Purnell has been identified as supporting extensions to term of protection for sound recordings, which has led many to criticise his alliances with big music business.

Purnell says he is "delighted and honoured" at the promotion.

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