After his Labour partydidn't fare well in last week's local elections, Prime Minister Tony Blair madesignificant shifts among government leaders. As part of the changes, Purnell was moved from his post at the Department ofCulture Media and Sport (DCMS) to become Minister of State for Pensions at theDepartment for Work and Pensions.
Woodward previously workedfor the television side of the
"Ten years of working in thebroadcasting industry will undoubtedly help me both understand and promote thecreative industries within
"This is a massivelyexpanding part of the
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell added: "I'm very pleased to welcome Shaun toDCMS. He arrives at an important time. I look forward to working with him oneverything from digital switchover, to licensing, to keeping our film and musicindustries healthy and vibrant."
Woodward's post extends farbeyond film, also including music, broadcasting, tourism, alcohol licensing,press and censorship, IT and science.
He had previously beenParliamentary Under Secretary of State at the NorthernIreland Office. He was elected Labour MP for St Helens South in 2001 andre-elected in 2005. He was a member of the