Digital Radio UK says it’s pleased by the news that Ed Vaizey will continue in his role as Minister for Culture and Digital Economy following the cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Vaizey was re-appointed to serve in DCMS yesterday afternoon, news which followed the announcement of John Whittingdale as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.
Ed Vaizey’s brief means he is responsible for many aspects of broadcasting, including radio. He has been an active supporter of our industry and worked closely with Digital Radio UK to back expansion of local DAB coverage and authorise Ofcom funding for trials of small-scale DAB radio. He’s also overseen the advertising of the new D2 national multiplex, which was awarded by Ofcom to Sound Digital just before the election.
The MP for Wantage also spoke out in favour of Premier Christian Radio’s future on digital radio during a debate in the House of Commons earlier this year. Mr Vaizey also gave a keynote address at last year’s Radio Festival in Salford.
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said: “We welcome the return of Ed Vaizey as Culture Minister. He is passionate about radio and a great advocate for the sector. Ed’s reappointment will ensure strong leadership and continued Government support for delivering UK radio’s digital future.”