Tony Hall

UK viewers still look to BBC more than streamers, says Hall

UK audiences still turn to public service broadcasting in greater numbers and to a greater extent than streaming services, and the BBC still supports the UK production industry to a far greater extent than global streaming players, according to BBC director-general Tony Hall. Delivering an impassioned defence of public service broadcasting to the Edinburgh International […]

Some BBC services could be knocked “out of action” by coronavirus, admits Hall

The BBC could suspend some of its services in the face of coronavirus, said director general Tony Hall. Speaking to parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Hall said that though the broadcaster is “intent on keeping absolutely everything open,” some service could be ruled “out of action.” He said: “We have to make sure […]

Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general

Tony Hall is to stand down as BBC director general this summer after seven years in the job. The surprise news was broken to BBC staff today in an email by Hall. Hall said: “It’s been such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I’m passionate about our values and the role we […]

BBC confirms plans to move staff out of London

The BBC is to move at least two thirds of its staff outside of London by 2027. Director general Tony Hall spoke to staff on Wednesday, and confirmed the plans he had alluded to in a Financial Times column from the previous weekend. Currently, 48% of the BBC’s 19,000 workforce is based in London. Hall […]

TV facing imminent ‘second wave of disruption’ says BBC chief

BBC director-general Tony Hall believes an imminent “second wave of disruption” caused by streamers from companies such as Disney and Apple will provide the UK public broadcaster with an opportunity to attract more viewers. Hall has been a frequent commentator on the growing dominance of Netflix within the UK industry. But he will use his speech at […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

BBC plans website cuts to fight FAANG

The BBC is planning to cut sections of its website to facilitate the user experience as it continues to compete with SVOD giants for eyeballs. The corporation has put the BBC Earth and BBC Arts sections of its website on the chopping block and plans to run fewer features and less celebrity gossip. According to […]

EBU elects BBC director general Tony Hall as next president

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed BBC director general Tony Hall as its next president, with France Télévisions CEO, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, to serve as vice-president. Hall and Cunci will take up their new roles from January 1, 2019 for a two-year period, following their election by an absolute majority at the EBU’s 80th General Assembly […]

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