The MP dubbed the ‘Minister for Murdoch’ has been promoted out of his role overseeing the UK media.
Jeremy Hunt attracted controversy over his links with the News International boss at the time when the government was deciding whether the company should be allowed to buy all of BSkyB.
But after surviving calls for his resignation, Mr Hunt was rewarded with a plum move to the job of health secretary in today’s government reshuffle.
He is replaced by Maria Miller, a rising star of the Tory benches who moves from the department for work and pensions.
Ms Miller said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the culture secretary by the prime minister and am very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges that the role will bring.”
She will now have the tak of implementing whatever reforms are recommended by Lord Justice Leveson following his lengthy inquiry into press standards.
Ms Miller, 48, has a background in marketing and public relations.
She became MP for Basingstoke in 2005 and until today was minister for disabled people.