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Lord Patten said he is "delighted" that Tony Hall has chosen to take on the role of BBC Director-General.
He told a news conference, "Clearly trust [in the BBC] has taken a hit in the last couple of months and it's imperative that we should rebuild that as soon and as comprehensively as we can".
Culture Secretary Maria Miller said Tony Hall will bring "a great deal of experience" to the BBC as the new Director-General.
Broadcaster David Dimbleby was delighted to hear that Tony Hall had been appointed director general of the BBC. He said:
Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten said Tony Hall "wasn't available" during the initial recruitment process. He said: "Just over four months ago the Trust completed a thorough recruitment process. Tony Hall wasn't available then but I am delighted he has agreed to come on board now.
"Of course, we might have considered going through the whole lengthy recruitment process again with a new round of advertisements and another global hunt for candidates.
"But I believe the approach we have taken is ultimately in the interests of the BBC and, most importantly, licence fee-payers as we have got the best candidate and he will help the organisation quickly get back on an even keel."
BBC Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon has been looking at the statistics behind the appointment of the BBC's Director-Generals.
The Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman said she also looked forward to working with Tony Hall.
Tony Hall, the former director of news at the BBC will take up his post next March. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House where he is credited with "Building the organization into a global centre of excellence for opera and ballet, and a beacon of creativity..."