The BBC's new Director-General today denied that he had heard any rumours about disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile during his previous 28-year stint at the corporation, adding "I don't know whether it's important if I did or not."
Ahead of his first day on the job as the BBC's new Director-General, Tony Hall told reporters it is "exciting" to be returning to the place where he started his career and said he is proud and privileged to be taking up the post, which he described as an "enormous responsibility".
Commenting on the start of Tony Hall's tenure broadcaster and media consultant Steve Hewlett said: "In a sense, he couldn't have a better start - arriving when it's all gone wrong, and it's not your fault.
"If you've got an idea of what to do about it, it's not a bad position to be in. "There's the sense things can only improve. He knows the organisation. He's no fool. He'll get the right people around him. If anyone can do this, he's the top of the list. I've some confidence it will go well."
Hewlett said Lord Hall's first challenge was to build an executive team which could command staff's respect, something the new director general has already started doing.
Tony Hall will begin the job of repairing the BBC's battered reputation when he takes up the role of director general today.
Lord Hall, who started out as a BBC trainee 40 years ago, will spend part of his first day in the office speaking to staff at the corporation, which has been beset with problems since the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal came to light.
In addition, the former BBC news executive also has low staff morale to contend with, a fact highlighted by last week's strike in a row over jobs, workload and claims of bullying.
When previous director general George Entwistle stepped down in November after a Tory peer was mistakenly implicated in child abuse claims on BBC2's Newsnight, Lord Hall was the only candidate contacted by the BBC Trust.
Before being offered the £450,000-a-year post, Lord Hall had been chief executive of the Royal Opera House, a job he took up in 2001.