Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead CBE (b.1951) was born in Birkenhead and joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973, working on a wide range of TV and radio news programmes, before being made Editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1985.
Two years later he was appointed Editor of News and Current Affairs, the first time the role had been combined, as part of then deputy Director-General John Birt's reorganisation of the BBC's News division. Hall then became Director of this division in 1990 and was regarded as one of Birt's key lieutenants after he became Director-General in 1992.
He ran BBC News for more than a decade, overseeing the launch of Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24 and BBC News Online, before leaving the Corporation for the Royal Opera House in 2001. He was granted a Life Peerage in 2010. He became Director-General in Spring 2013, making him the first member of the House of Lords to serve as Director-General.
First Director-General, 1922-1938
Second Director-General 1938-1942
Joint Director-General 1942-1943
Joint Director-General 1942-1943, Fourth Director-General 1943-1944
Fifth Director-General 1944-1952
Sixth Director-General 1952-1959
Seventh Director-General 1960-1969
Eighth Director-General 1969-1977
Ninth Director-General 1977-1982
Tenth Director-General 1982-1987
Eleventh Director-General 1987-1992
Twelfth Director-General 1992-2000
Thirteenth Director-General 2000-2004
Fourteenth Director-General 2004-2012
Fifteenth Director-General 2012
Sixteenth Director-General 2013-2020
Seventeenth Director-General 2020-