Hall 'passionate' about the BBC

New BBC Director-General Tony Hall has acknowledged there have been 'a tough few weeks' for the corporation at his first press conference following his appointment.

Greg Dyke: Lord Patten must be reined back

Greg Dyke, the BBC’s former director general, says Lord Patten must be reined back as chairman of the BBC Trust.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, he wrote:

Lord Patten, a patrician Tory politician who, when you examine his track record, has no real experience of running any sort of organisation.

Within a matter of months, it was clear, to me at least, that he was working out how he could be an all-powerful BBC chairman.

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Hall replaces Entwistle as BBC Director-General

The crisis-hit BBC appointed a new Director-General today, Tony Hall - a former Director of BBC News - has vowed to drag the broadcaster out of it's current difficulties, saying, "I know we can get through this".

Lord Hall replaces George Entwistle, who survived in the job for just 54 days.

He resigned in the wake of the Sir Jimmy Savile scandal and after false allegations were made about a former senior Conservative MP on the BBC's Newsnight programme.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports on the new man at the top:

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Hall: 'I am absolutely committed' to BBC news operation

Newly-appointed BBC Director-General Tony Hall with Trust Chairman Lord Patten
Newly-appointed BBC Director-General Tony Hall with Trust Chairman Lord Patten Credit: ITV News

The newly-appointed BBC Director-General Tony Hall told a news conference, "I am absolutely committed to our news operation as an absolute world beater".

"Likewise I'm committed to ensuring in every way that I can that the best and the brightest ... come and want to work in this place", he continued.

Lord Hall added, "I want to build a world class team for this world class organisation".

Tony Hall: 'I care passionately about the BBC'

The next Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, addresses a news conference
The next Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, addresses a news conference Credit: ITV News

The newly-appointed BBC Director-General Tony Hall said, "It takes a lot to drag me away from the Royal Opera House ... but the reason I stand before you today is that I care passionately about the BBC, about what it can do, it's programme makers and the impact we have in all different ways".

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