Lord Stephen Carter, the Communications Minister and the man in charge of the Government’s Digital Britain report, is poised to quit his role, according to reports.
According to TheTimes, Carter failed to deny that he was leaving the Government after the publication of the Digital Britain report and is believed to have told Prime Minister Gordon Brown that he would only serve until July.
Carter told The Times: ‘I’m beavering away feverishly on my report, that’s my only preoccupation.’
The Digital Britain report, which is set for publication next Tuesday (16 June), will lay out the Government’s plans to bring a minimum of 2Mbps broadband to everyone in the UK by 2012, through a combination of mobile and fixed services.
Operators have so far failed to agree on the allocation of spectrum, and a Government-imposed solution could be forced upon them on publication of the report.
Reports suggest Carter, who also previously ran Ofcom, could now be a candidate to replace Michael Grade as the chief executive of ITV.