Tony Hall


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 […]

BBC: reaching young people a major ‘strategic issue’

Successfully reaching young people is “one of the single biggest strategic issues” now facing the BBC, according to director general Tony Hall. In a statement included in yesterday’s BBC Annual Report, Hall said that the BBC has to face up to increasing competition for screen time and to the fact that the media landscape has […]

BBC tackles kids SVOD threat with £34m boost

BBC Children’s will receive its largest cash boost “in a generation”, with an extra £34 million (€39 million) earmarked above current budgets. Tony Hall, director general UK pubcaster the BBC, has made it a priority to combat the growing influence of US-based subscription VOD services, and today’s announcement ties into that narrative. The new investment […]

BBC names new board members

The BBC has named the three executives that will join director general Tony Hall on its new board, along with five non-executive directors from outside the company. The three BBC execs that will join Hall are: deputy director-general Anne Bulford; executive director responsible for the nations and regions, Ken MacQuarrie; and the CEO of the BBC’s […]

BBC to create new channel for Scotland

The BBC is to invest £19 million (€22.4 million) in creating a new TV channel for Scotland and will up its spending on Scottish programming by about £20 million a year as part of a new programme of investment in the UK’s devolved nations. Following a review of programming and services in the nations that […]

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 hails Worldwide, says it must deliver more

Tony Hall said Worldwide recorded a ‘very strong’ performance through the year as the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster published its annual results. The Worldwide chairman and BBC director general added the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will need to deliver 30% more back to the corporation in light of its latest financial […]

BBC DG warns of ‘global gatekeepers’ citing Netflix’s rise

A weakened BBC will lead to a UK media sector “dominated by global gatekeepers, partial news and American taste-makers” director general Tony Hall has warned. Speaking at Deloitte’s Media & Telecoms 2016 conference in London yesterday, Hall said that “rapid growth” in global competition from companies like Netflix is happening as total investment in original […]

BBC appoints Tate director to executive board

The BBC has appointed Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota to the BBC Executive board for a two-year term. Serota is due to join as non-executive director from August 1, 2016. He replaces theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, who stood down on December 31. “The BBC already showcases some of the very best of UK arts […]

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. […]