Tony Hall


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 […]

BBC and Channel 4 urge action over PSB prominence

The heads of the BBC and Channel 4 have come together to call for new legislation that will protect the prominence of UK public service output in today’s changing and increasingly digital media landscape. Speaking at a parliamentary event yesterday, BBC director general Tony Hall and Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said action was needed […]

Tony Hall: UK needs strong BBC ‘more than ever in our history’

The UK needs a strong BBC “more than ever in our history” to counter fake news, carry Britain’s voice and nurture home-grown content in the face of global media competition, according to Tony Hall. Speaking at the Prospect National Conference in Birmingham this week, the BBC’s director general said that he is “very bullish” about […]

Hall: BBC facing ‘fight for the future’ in big tech-dominated world

The BBC and UK public service broadcasting in general faces “a fight for the future” that will test the whole British creative industry in a world where “the global media landscape is going to be dominated by four, perhaps five, businesses on the West Coast of America in the years to come”, according to BBC […]

BBC’s Tony Hall highlights internet giants’ threat to British TV

BBC director general Tony Hall is once again to highlight the threat presented by US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic […]

BBC chief: SVOD won’t stop £500m content spend shortfall

BBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (€565 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alleviate the problem. The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really […]

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 […]

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