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.

Lord Patten 'delighted' Hall new BBC Director-General

Lord Patten said he is "delighted" that Tony Hall has chosen to take on the role of BBC Director-General.

Tony Hall pictured with BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten
Tony Hall pictured with BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten Credit: ITV News

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".

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Royal Opera House: 'Nobody better' to stabilise BBC

I can think of nobody better able to bring stability back to the BBC. They see, as we do, his qualities of leadership and his depth of relevant experience. Tony has been a truly distinguished chief executive of the Royal Opera House. He has been a tremendous and inspiring force for good. The ROH he will leave in March is very different to the one he took over in 2001.

– Simon Robey, Royal Opera House board of trustees

Dimbleby welcomes director general appointment

Broadcaster David Dimbleby was delighted to hear that Tony Hall had been appointed director general of the BBC. He said:

I think it's a very good choice and a great relief for those of us who work for the BBC.

He knows the BBC and he's worked outside but, above all, he understands BBC journalism.

He's a good public face for the BBC and I feel like I'm serving in the Royal Navy when the message came in: 'Winston is back'.

I think most people will be thrilled at this choice and will also get the leadership that is needed from somebody who is a creative man and a good administrator - and a calm man in a time of crisis.

New BBC boss 'ticks all the boxes'

As soon as it became clear exactly what kind of meltdown had occurred around George Entwhistle and in particular the second Newsnight programme they were going to have to look for someone who had a real grasp on journalism who could manage something this big - and the BBC is big - and Tony Hall ticks all those boxes.

– STEVE HEWLETT, Media commentator

Tony Hall 'wasn't available' during initial recruitment process

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."

Tony Hall with his Classic FM Innovation Award for his work at the Royal Opera House
Tony Hall with his Classic FM Innovation Award for his work at the Royal Opera House Credit: Press Association

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Nearly quarter of BBC Director-Generals 'have held post in last ten weeks'

BBC Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon has been looking at the statistics behind the appointment of the BBC's Director-Generals.

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A quarter of ALL the people to hold the title 'Director General' in the BBC's 90 year history... have held that title in the last 10 weeks.

Culture Sec congratulates Tony Hall on BBC appointment

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Congratulations to Tony Hall on appointment as new BBC DG, has a very strong track record in successfully leading iconic organisations.

The Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman said she also looked forward to working with Tony Hall.

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Tony Hall excellent choice for BBC DG. Right person to bring stability in these difficult times. Look forward to working with him

Culture Sec: New BBC boss has strong record

I congratulate Tony Hall on his appointment as Director General, he has a very strong track record in successfully leading iconic organisations. I am pleased the BBC Trust have appointed a new Director General. It is important now that Tony Hall gets to grips quickly - to provide the stability and certainty that the BBC needs, and restore public confidence.

– Maria Miller MP, Culture Secretary

Tony Hall to take up Director-General post in March

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..."

Read more about Tony Hall's work at the Royal Opera House here.

The Queen with Tony Hall at the Royal Ballet Gala in 2006
The Queen with Tony Hall at the Royal Ballet Gala in 2006 Credit: Press Association
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