Tony Hall

BBC to launch Netflix-style US platform

The BBC will next year launch an OTT subscription service akin to streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US. Tony Hall, director general of the UK’s pubcaster, said the move was part of plan to “try out businesses that go direct to the public”. The BBC Worldwide-operated service will offer Americans […]

‘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 […]

Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

BBC to cut 1,000 jobs to reduce costs

The BBC will cut more than 1,000 jobs as the UK public broadcaster aims to reduce costs. BBC director general Tony Hall announced the cuts today saying they were down to an unexpected increase in the number of families refusing to pay the licence fee that funds the organisation. The cuts are expected to save […]

BBC DG: licence fee has ’10 years life left’, reforms needed

The BBC licence fee model has got “10 years life in it”, according to director general Tony Hall, who agreed that the payment model should be reformed in some way. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show over the weekend, Hall agreed with a report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee earlier this year […]

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 to save £50 million by ‘reinventing’ BBC Three

The BBC’s plan to “reinvent” youth-skewing network BBC Three as an online-only channel will generate savings of £50 million and allow the corporation to experiment with new content, the BBC has said. Outlining its first detailed proposals for taking BBC Three online, the BBC said that with the change it will be able to develop […]

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 […]

BBC names Mistry as non-exec director

The BBC has named Dharmash Mistry to its Executive Board as part of its move to strengthen the presence of non-executive directors. Mistry will serve as a non-executive director for a three-year term from September 1. He is currently CEO of beauty business Blow Ltd and holds non-executive roles with electronics retailer Dixons Retail and […]