New Head of BBC: Opera Boss

Former BBC exec Tony Hall to take over amid abuse scandal

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:50 AM CST

(Newser) – The disgraced BBC has appointed a new director-general: Tony Hall, a former news executive at the network who went on to lead London's Royal Opera House, the New York Times reports. It will be up to Lord Hall to bolster the BBC's reputation after multiple scandals, one involving wrongful allegations of child sex abuse against a politician, the other sparked by former host Jimmy Savile's alleged child abuse.

Hall, who was the only person the network sought for the job, is "the right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis," says the head of its supervisory board. The scandals prompted the previous director-general, George Entwistle, to step down after two months.

In this file photo dated May 24, 2006, Tony Hall receives a CBE, an official British honor.
In this file photo dated May 24, 2006, Tony Hall receives a CBE, an official British honor.   (AP Photo/PA, Stefan Rousseau, file)
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