Carter tapped as communications minister

Was chief executive of Ofcom and head of NTL

LONDON -- Stephen Carter, former chief executive of media regulator Ofcom, has been appointed minister for communications, technology and broadcasting as part of a government reshuffle announced by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Carter will take a seat in the House of Lords rather than the House of Commons. While not a sitting Member of Parliament, he brings to the newly created role a wealth of industry experience, having overseen the launch phase of the integrated media and communications watchdog. Before that he was head of NTL, the U.K. cable operator that had to be bailed out from bankruptcy.