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 and management of the UK transition for the department.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP

Oliver Dowden CBE was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019.

He was elected Conservative MP for Hertsmere in May 2015.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan

    2019 to 2020

  2. The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP

    2018 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

    2018 to 2018

  4. The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP

    2017 to 2018