Is Lord Carter to leave the Government?
It is unlikely anyone will not have noticed all the shuffling around in the Government in the last week or so, and The Times indicates that it is not over yet, with the newspaper having learnt that Lord Carter may well leave the Government in July.
Lord Carter is behind the Digital Britain report which is expected to be published on Tuesday 16th June, but even at this late stage may still be delayed as final points are possibly still being debated. The report covers a wide range of areas, such as broadband infrastructure, how to control copyright theft, future of Channel 4, diversity of regional news and the interim report identified a pot of around £250m that may be available after the Digital TV switchover for things like the Universal Service Commitment.
If Lord Carter does leave in July it raises a question over the future of Digital Britain, since much of the report will require further work to bring about implementation, for example empowering Ofcom to oversee the Universal Service Obligation or creating a new aggregate body.
Stephen Carter has left the Government before, previously after a falling out with Damian McBride (Mr Brown's spin doctor), so of course people will now be speculating on whether there has been another falling out, or is Lord Carter simply moving on as he sees his work finished.
Lord Carter has run Ofcom previously, which may preclude a move to run ITV, a move to a more Euro centric role in Brussels may be on the cards.