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Department for Culture Media and Sport

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Expert think tank to consider the future of communications

21/12/2007

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21 December 2007

Joint DCMS/BERR Press Release

An expert think tank looking at the opportunities and challenges posed by the merging of broadcasting and communications services will begin work early in the new year, Culture Secretary James Purnell and Business Secretary John Hutton announced today.

Interim Chair of Tote appointed

20/12/2007

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20 December 2007

Ian Good CBE has been appointed as interim Chair of the Tote, Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe announced today.

Listing of 18 historic buildings amended to highlight their links to the abolition of slavery

20/12/2007

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20 December 2007

Joint DCMS/English Heritage Press Release

As the bicentenary year of the abolition of the slave trade draws to an end, Margaret Hodge, Culture Minister, today announced new protection for 18 historic buildings and monuments linked to the slave trade. 

Chair of digital radio taskforce announced

19/12/2007

19 December 2007

Barry Cox, Former deputy chairman of Channel Four will lead a review which aims to help more listeners benefit from the choice available on digital radio, Culture Secretary James Purnell announced today.

New plans to help live music thrive

17/12/2007

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17 December 2007

With a pledge for £500,000 to set up new rehearsal spaces, the Government today underlined its commitment to support live music. , it also undertook to explore exemptions from licences for some small venues and to work with the Mayor of London to protect venues.

Export blocks keep outstanding treasures worth £7m in the UK 2006/07

17/12/2007

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17 December 2007

One of JMW Turner’s finest works in watercolour, a spectacular eighteenth-century court mantua, an eighteenth century Union flag, a cabinet containing maps used to teach George III’s children and other outstanding items valued at a total of just over £7m have been saved for the nation in one year. This is revealed in the published today.

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell written ministerial statement - Olympic Delivery Authority budget

10/12/2007

10 December 2007

In March this year, I announced the overall public sector funding package for the Olympic and Paralympic Games totalling £9.325bn. Of this total, £6.090bn including tax and £500m of initial contingency was identified as public sector funding for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The remainder of the package covered security, sports and other non-ODA costs, together with a prudent contingency for ODA and security costs. A fuller breakdown is included at Table 1.

DCMS sponsored Museums and Galleries in England to get £191 million capital investment over three years

06/12/2007

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6 December 2007

Capital allocations to the museums and galleries sponsored by the DCMS are to rise by 147 per cent in cash terms to £191.4 million over the next three years, compared to the previous period, Culture Minister Margaret Hodge announced today.

Culture Secretary James Purnell announces £50 million capital investment to get new Tate Gallery off the ground

05/12/2007

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5 December 2007

A £50 million Government investment to transform Tate Modern was announced today by Culture Secretary James Purnell.  It will create a spectacular new building, increasing the gallery’s size by 60 per cent and allowing it to display far more of its permanent collection.

Plans for new National Anti-Doping Organisation announced - New body set to lead 2012 doping crackdown

05/12/2007

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5 December 2007

Joint DCMS/UK Sport Press Release

The Government has today welcomed recommendations from UK Sport to modernise the UK’s approach to anti-doping, leading to the creation of an independent National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) with far reaching new powers. The body will be established in time to lead the fight against doping in sport in the build up to London 2012.

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