Royal Opera chief Lord Hall replaces Entwistle as new director-general

The former head of BBC News will take up the post in early March.

Tony Hall, who has just been announced as the new BBC director-general
Tony Hall, who has just been announced as the new BBC director-general. Photograph: Getty Images

The BBC Trust has appointed Lord Hall, the chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, as its new director-general.

Hall, who was head of BBC News and Current affairs from 1996-2001 and is also deputy chairman of Channel 4, replaces former director-general George Entwistle, who resigned from the role earlier this month over his handling of the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile scandals.

Hall was described as a “digital pioneer” by the Trust having launched BBC News Online, Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24 and BBC Parliament during his time at the BBC.

He is expected to start in early March and in the interim period Tim Davie will remain as acting director-general.

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