Feeds

BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

He knows a few fat singing ladies - but this isn't over

3 Big data security analytics techniques

The BBC has brought in its one-time head of news to succeed George Entwistle as the Corporation's new director-general, after the previous incumbent lasted just 54 days in the job.

Tony Hall, who is currently the boss of the Royal Opera House, has been hired for the £450,000 per year gig, the BBC Trust confirmed in a statement today. However, his tenure will not begin until March next year.

In the meantime, Tim Davie remains as acting DG at the troubled Beeb.

Lord Hall, who currently serves as deputy chairman at Channel 4, was head of BBC News and Current Affairs from 1996 to 2001. But he wasn't on the shortlist for the DG job earlier this summer, after Mark Thompson confirmed he was leaving his eight-year-long stint in the post, because Hall was unavailable.

Described by the trust as "a digital pioneer, launching BBC News Online, as well as Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24 and BBC Parliament", Hall will be expected to come in and reinvigorate a bruised and greying Auntie, whose news operation has suffered from a string of massive disasters in recent years - BBC2's bungled Newsnight child abuse investigation into a "senior Tory from the Thatcher years" is only the latest.

That broadcast led to Entwistle's underdoing and the BBC Trust - keen to limit the damage done to the Beeb's reputation - said it would quickly hire a new hand to replace him.

"While there are still very serious questions to be answered by the on-going inquiries, it is in the interests of licence fee payers that the BBC now starts to refocus on its main purpose - making great programmes that audiences love and trust," said the trust's chairman Lord Patten.

He added that the broadcasting giant would "take a long, hard look at the way it operates".

Patten continued:

Tony Hall has been an insider and is a currently an outsider. As an ex-BBC man he understands how the Corporation's culture and behaviour make it, at its best, the greatest broadcaster in the world. And from his vantage point outside the BBC, he understands the sometimes justified criticisms of the Corporation - that it can be inward looking and on occasions too institutional.

Hall agreed by chiming in with: "It's been a difficult few weeks - but together we'll get through it."

The peer was the only person approached by the trust with an offer to take the DG gig. Patten explained that he hadn't been available during the previous round of interviews that eventually landed Entwistle the job. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.