Communications minister Stephen Carter exit confirmed

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that Stephen Carter will step down as communications minister at the summer recess.

The Times reported this morning that the former PR executive and head of regulator Ofcom, tipped as a possible candidate to be the next ITV chief executive, was to quit and return to the public sector after his work on the Digital Britain report is completed.

Carter told the newspaper: “I’m beavering away feverishly on my report, that’s my only preoccupation.”

In a joint statement issued this evening, the DCMS and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills confirmed that the report would bepublished next Tuesday.

“The prime minister appointed Stephen Carter as communications minister with the specific task of commissioning and producing the Digital Britain report and its follow-up recommendations. This was agreed at the time,” the statement said.

“Lord Carter will present his report to Cabinet on Tuesday. He will then put in place a detailed implementation plan before the summer recess.

“We can confirm that he will step down at summer recess with the completion of his work, as originally intended and with the full agreement of the Prime Minister.

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