Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The department’s main policy areas are:

  • arts and culture
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • gambling and racing
  • libraries
  • media ownership and mergers
  • museums and galleries
  • the National Lottery
  • sport
  • telecommunications and online
  • tourism

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 8 January 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.

Since July 2016 he has served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital and is responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Matt is married to Martha and has three young children. He is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Lords & Commons Cricket team. Matthew once played the most northerly game of cricket on record, and succumbed to frostbite en route to the Pole. He retains all his fingers

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. The Rt Hon John Whittingdale

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. The Rt Hon Maria Miller

    • 2012 to 2014
  5. The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

    • 2010 to 2012


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  2. Matt Hancock speaking at the launch of Tech Nation

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  3. Government to cut Fixed Odds Betting Terminals maximum stake from £100 to £2

    • Press release
  4. Matt Hancock speaking on Civil Society in the 21st Century

    • Speech
  5. Three Trustees Appointed to Sport England

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  6. Update on process - Fox-Sky merger

    • Press release
  7. Statement on the merger between Trinity Mirror plc and Northern & Shell Media Group Limited's publishing assets

    • Press release
  8. Matt Hancock speaking at the Full Fibre Investment Conference

    • Speech
  9. Matt Hancock speaking at the launch of the AI Sector Deal

    • Speech
  10. Tech sector backs British AI industry with multi million pound investment

    • Press release