Director-General of the BBC

The Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation is chief executive and (from 1994) editor-in-chief of the BBC.

The position was formerly appointed by the Board of Governors of the BBC (for the period of 1927 to 2007) and then the BBC Trust (from 2007 to 2017). Since 2017 the Director-General is appointed by the BBC Board.

To date sixteen individuals, all of whom have been men, have been appointed Director-General, plus an additional two who were appointed in an acting capacity only. The current Director-General is Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, who was appointed from the chief executiveship of the Royal Opera House, which position he had held from April 2001. He is the first peer to hold the position (Lords Reith and Birt having been raised to the peerage only after their tenures had ended).

Director-General of the BBC
The Lord Hall of Birkenhead

since April 2013
Member ofBBC Board
Executive Committee
Reports toParliament of the United Kingdom
AppointerBBC Board
First holderSir John Reith

List of incumbents

Director General Tenure Time in post
Sir John Reith 1927–1938 11 years
Sir Frederick Ogilvie 1938–1942 4 years
Sir Cecil Graves and Robert W. Foot 1942–1943 1 year
Robert W. Foot 1943–1944 1 year
Sir William Haley 1944–1952 8 years
Sir Ian Jacob 1952–1959 7 years
Sir Hugh Greene 1960–1969 9 years
Sir Charles Curran 1969–1977 8 years
Sir Ian Trethowan 1977–1982 5 years
Alasdair Milne 1982–1987 5 years
Sir Michael Checkland 1987–1992 5 years
Sir John Birt 1992–2000 8 years
Greg Dyke 2000–2004 4 years
Mark Byford* January – June 2004 5 months
Mark Thompson 2004–2012 8 years
George Entwistle 2012 54 days
Tim Davie* 2012–2013 141 days
Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead April 2013 – present Incumbent

An asterisk indicates that the incumbent was temporarily appointed as Acting Director General.

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1st International Emmy Awards

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Anne Bulford

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Baron Reith

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Call the Midwife

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The series was created by Heidi Thomas, originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with the Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order, at their convent in the East End in London. The order was founded as a nursing order in 1849. The show has extended beyond the memoirs to include new, historically sourced material. For the most part it depicts the day-to-day lives of the midwives and those in their local neighbourhood of Poplar, with certain historical events of the era having a direct or indirect effect on the characters and storylines.

Such events include: the continuing effects of the post-World War II baby boom, post-war immigration and the 1948 founding of the National Health Service in the first series and beyond; the introduction of gas and air as a form of pain relief and unexploded ordnance in the second series; the Child Migrants Programme and the threat of nuclear warfare (including emergency response guidelines issued by local Civil Defence Corps) in the fourth series; and the effects of thalidomide as well as the introduction of the contraceptive pill in the fifth series.

Call the Midwife achieved very high ratings in its first series, making it the most successful new drama series on BBC One since 2001. Since then, five more series of eight episodes each have aired year-on-year, along with an annual Christmas special broadcast every Christmas Day since 2012. It is also broadcast in the United States on the PBS network, with the first series starting on 30 September 2012.In December 2015, the Director-General of the BBC Tony Hall announced the show had been commissioned for a 2016 Christmas special and a sixth series of another eight episodes to be broadcast in early 2017, taking the characters and plot into 1962. In November 2016, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, announced that the drama had been commissioned for a further three series of eight episodes and three more Christmas specials – taking the total number of series up to nine and the story into 1965.Critical reception for the show (in both the UK and the US) has been mostly positive, and the series has won numerous awards and nominations since its original broadcast. The show has also been praised for tackling a variety of topical subjects and contemporary social, cultural and economic issues, including local community, miscarriage and stillbirths, abortion and unwanted pregnancies, birth defects, poverty, illness and disease epidemics, prostitution, incest, religion and faith, racism and prejudice, alcoholism, disability, (then-illegal) homosexuality between men, lesbianism, female genital mutilation, and maternal, paternal, and romantic love.

Charles Curran (broadcaster)

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Frederick Ogilvie

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George Entwistle

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He was the Director-General of the BBC from January 2000 to January 2004; he resigned following heavy criticism of the BBC's news reporting process in the Hutton Inquiry.

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Hugh Greene

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The novel's setting in the worlds of finance (from which it draws its title), politics and media, was inspired by the writer's early experiences working for the BBC and the Liberal Party.The novel was released (BBC Books, 1998) following the production of a television adaptation of the same name (BBC Two, 1998).

John Birt, Baron Birt

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After a successful career in commercial television, initially at Granada Television and later at London Weekend Television, Birt was appointed Deputy Director-General of the BBC in 1987 for his expertise in current affairs. The forced departure of Director-General Alasdair Milne after pressure from the Thatcher government required someone near the top, preferably from outside the BBC, with editorial and production experience (Milne had been summarily replaced by Michael Checkland, an accountant).

During his tenure as Director-General, Birt restructured the BBC, in the face of much internal opposition. However, others have credited him with saving the corporation from possible government privatisation, and say he prepared for the era of digital broadcasting. After leaving the BBC, Birt was Strategic Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2001–5. He was appointed Chairman of CPA Global in 2015.

Mark Thompson (media executive)

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Michael Checkland

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Tim Davie

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Tony Hall

Tony Hall may refer to:

Tony P. Hall (born 1942), American politician, representative and ambassador

Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead (born 1951), Director-General of the BBC

Tony Hall (Australian footballer) (born 1964), Australian rules footballer

Tony Hall (footballer, born 1969), played for East Fife, Berwick and some Irish clubs

Tony Hall (journalist), South African journalist and member of the South African Congress of Democrats

Tony Hall (supervisor) (born 1942), former member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Tony Hall (music executive) (born 1928), British music executive and former record producer and DJ

Tony Hall (musician) (born 1941), melodeon player born in Beccles, Suffolk (England)

Tony Hall (botanist), Kew Gardens Expert, former manager of the Alpine House; see List of botanists by author abbreviation (T–V)

Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead

Anthony William Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, (born 3 March 1951) is the Director-General of the BBC.

He took up the post of Director-General on 2 April 2013. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London from 2001 until March 2013, and Director of News at the BBC between 1993 and 2001.

Hall was made a Life Peer and took his seat in the House of Lords as a crossbench member on 22 March 2010.

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