Purnell to oversee U.K. broadcasting


LONDON -- Secretary of state for culture media and sport James Purnell will take personal responsibility for the department's broadcasting brief, but will turn over the film portfolio to Margaret Hodge, minister of state at the department, it was announced Wednesday.

Purnell, who was appointed last week to replace Tessa Jowell, will oversee a review of broadcasting policy and the analog television switch-off process due to complete in 2012.

Hodge will manage the film portfolio as well as other roles within the department, which is responsible for creative industries and tourism.

Former secretary of state Tessa Jowell will retain oversight of preparation for Britain's role as host of the 2012 Olympics.