Director General

BBC ‘must future-proof’ against US threats

BBC director general Tony Hall has said getting the “strategic relationship” between the UK pubcaster’s international sales and production division right will help “secure the future of British content, at home and around the world”, as the power of US rivals grows. In his autumn statement, Hall once again acknowledged the growing influence of US […]

EBU director general announces departure

EBU director general, Ingrid Deltenre, will step down in the summer after eight years in the role. She is leaving to focus her attention on her board responsibilities at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Givaudan and Deutsche Post/DHL. Deltenre said it had been a privilege to lead the EBU and said its work is invaluable in today’s climate. […]

BBC must ‘reinvent PSB’ to take on Netflix and Amazon

The BBC must “reinvent public service broadcasting” in a bid to take on digital video giants like Amazon and Netflix, according to director general Tony Hall. In a speech to BBC staff in Birmingham to mark the beginning of the BBC’s new 11-year charter period, Hall said that the BBC iPlayer must “make the leap […]

BBC DG calls for greater independence, external regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall will call for the UK public broadcaster to have greater independence, and for an external regulator for the Corporation to ensure that is safeguarded. The BBC boss will address UK business leaders in Cardiff, Wales, later today and the contents of his speech have been widely reported on the BBC and elsewhere. […]

‘Open BBC for the internet age’ pledges director general

BBC director general, Tony Hall, has outlined plans for an “open BBC for the internet age” that will work “much closer with others for the good of the nation.” In a speech this morning about the future vision of the BBC, Hall said that the internet will transform the BBC’s mission to inform in the […]

Save BBC Three campaign gathers industry support

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

BBC director general outlines digital direction

BBC director general Tony Hall has spoken out in support of changing the licence fee for “the internet age” and outlined a number of planned digital innovations designed to keep the BBC relevant. Delivering a speech at New Broadcasting House in London yesterday titled ‘The BBC in the internet era’, Hall said that he supported […]

BBC director general: plenty of life left in the licence fee

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall has spoken out against the corporation switching to a subscription-based model, arguing that the licence fee offers “something for everyone.” In an opinion piece written for the Daily Mirror, Hall argues that, even in a digital age, the existing licence fee model has “plenty of life left” and that […]

New chief for Ukrainian state TV

The Ukrainian government has named Zurab Alasania as the new director-general of state broadcaster the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU). Alasania, originally from Kharkiv, worked as a current affairs journalist before co-founding the Objective Media Group in 2000. He served as director of the Kharkiv Regional State Television and Radio Company between 2002-10, and […]

New CEO for Beltelecom

Sergey Sivodedov has been named as Belarusian service provider Beltelecom’s new director-general. Sivodedov was previously deputy general director for technology at the operator.