Culture secretary

Rishi Sunak reappoints Michelle Donelan as Culture Secretary

Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has reappointed Michelle Donelan as Culture Secretary.

Donelan was appointed by Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss, who lasted just 44 days as prime minister before being dramatically forced to resign last week.

Donelan was previously minister for universities and minister for education, the latter role lasting just two days in Boris Johnson’s cabinet before becoming part of a wave of ministers who resigned as they lost confidence in Johnson. He finally resigned in July and was replaced by Truss in September.

Just two days after Donelan was appointed Secretary of State in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, she found herself shouldering the enormous responsibility of overseeing preparations for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, including organizing and assembling the enormous five-day span. line to see the monarch lying in state.

The Department of Donelan also oversees briefs as disparate as children’s access to social media, major sporting events including football championships, cultural events such as the Eurovision Song Contest and the monitoring of public broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4.

Donelan’s predecessor in the department, Nadine Dorries, was determined to privatize Channel 4 and scrap the BBC licensing fee, which funds 70% of the broadcaster’s output. Donelan has yet to publicly state his position on either issue.

Prior to entering politics, Donelan worked in marketing for Sky before joining World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Marketing Manager. She was in WWE for three years.

Donelan is Britain’s tenth culture secretary in as many years while Sunak is the third prime minister in four months.