Tony Hall, Director-General

16th Director-General of the BBC
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Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, Director-General

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Tony Hall is the 16th Director-General of the BBC
  • The Director-General is the Chief Executive Officer of the BBC, its Editor-in-Chief
  • The DG is the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC, with responsibility for a global workforce running services across television, radio and online

Biography

Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC.

Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013.

He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O'Clock News, Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001.

While at the BBC he launched Radio 5 live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television and he is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation Years Trust . Passionate about education and skills within the cultural industries, he was the founder Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills, Chairman of the Musical and Dance Scheme, Chair of Stratford East Theatre, and he was Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Committee and a member of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games.

He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.

Annual remuneration (as at April 2019)

  • £450,000

Expenses and central bookings

Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system.

Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

Gifts and hospitality may only be accepted in line with BBC policy. Information about gifts and hospitality is published every three months.

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  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in 2018-19
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2017-18
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2017-18
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2017-18
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2017-18
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2016-17
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2016-17
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2016-17
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2016-17
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2015-16
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2015-16
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2015-16
  • Tony Hall's Gifts and Hospitality Register Q1 2015-16
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2014-15
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2014-15
  • Tony Hall's Gifts and Hospitality Register Q2 2014-15 
  • Tony Hall's Gifts and Hospitality Register Q1 2014-15
  • Tony Hall's Gifts and Hospitality Register Q4 2013-14 
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2013-14
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2013-14
  • Tony Hall had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2013-14

Declaration of personal interests

Staff must make a declaration of their personal and business interests, including any memberships or directorships of public or industry bodies, and any shareholdings, as well as any interests that their immediate families may also have.

A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the General Data Protection Regulation.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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