George Entwistle (b.1962) was Director-General in 2012.
Entwistle joined the BBC in 1989 as a broadcast journalism trainee, going on to be an Assistant Producer on Panorama. Future roles included Editor of Newsnight (a post he took up the day before the 9/11 attacks in USA), Head of TV Current affairs, Controller of Knowledge Commissioning and Director BBC Vision (covering all of the BBC's TV channels).
Entwistle took up the post of Director-General on 17 September 2012, but very soon became engulfed in the crisis over the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal, and then the subsequent issues over incorrect Newsnight coverage of Lord McAlpine. He resigned on 10 November 2012, making him the BBC's shortest lived Director-General.
- John ReithFirst Director-General, 1922-1938
- FW OgilvieSecond Director-General 1938-1942
- Cecil GravesJoint Director-General 1942-1943
- RW FootJoint Director-General 1942-1943, Fourth Director-General 1943-1944
- William HaleyFifth Director-General 1944-1952
- Ian JacobSixth Director-General 1952-1959
- Hugh Carleton-GreeneSeventh Director-General 1960-1969
- Charles CurranEighth Director-General 1969-1977
- Ian TrethowanNinth Director-General 1977-1982
- Alasdair MilneTenth Director-General 1982-1987
- Michael ChecklandEleventh Director-General 1987-1992
- John BirtTwelfth Director-General 1992-2000
- Greg DykeThirteenth Director-General 2000-2004
- Mark ThompsonFourteenth Director-General 2004-2012
- George EntwistleFifteenth Director-General 2012
- Tony HallSixteenth Director-General 2013-2020
- Tim DavieSeventeenth Director-General 2020-