Lisa Nandy Appointed Culture Secretary Following Labour’s Landslide Win In UK Election

The UK has a new Culture Secretary.

Lisa Nandy has been appointed to the role, which is essentially the government minister in charge of television and media legislation in the UK.

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It comes after Keir Starmer’s Labour secured a landslide win over the Conservatives in the UK Election on Thursday.

Nandy was previously Shadow International Development Secretary during Labour’s time in opposition. However, after Thangam Debbonaire, who was earmarked to be Culture Secretary, lost her seat in Bristol to Green Party leader Carla Denyer, Starmer was forced to find a new Culture Secretary.

Nandy doesn’t have a great deal of experience in the media or broadcasting worlds, but her mother was a television producer, having worked on series such as What The Papers Say and Union World.

She previously took umbrage with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attacks on the BBC when he threatened to scrap the license fee, saying that he had fostered an “anti-media and anti-BBC feeling.”

As Deadline explained earlier today, Nandy has a number of challenges heading into the role, including protecting and modernizing the public broadcasting system, helping freelancers and dealing with AI.

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