Tony Hall is to be replaced by Davie after seven years in the job…
After fifteen years at the BBC, executive Tim Davie has been selected to replace Tony Hall, aka Baron Hall of Birkenhead, as its 17th Director General. Davie will officially take over the role on 1st September.
Hall has been in the job for about seven years, after originally being brought in to steer the BBC through the Jimmy Savile scandal back in 2012.
“I am honoured to be appointed the BBC’s next director general,” said Davie in a statement. “This has been a critical time for the U.K. and these past few months have shown just how much the BBC matters to people. Our mission has never been more relevant, important or necessary. I have a deep commitment to content of the highest quality and impartiality.”
He added, “Looking forward, we will need to accelerate change so that we serve all our audiences in this fast-moving world. Much great work has been done, but we will continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant. I am very confident we can do this because of the amazing teams of people that work at the BBC.”
“The BBC is a great British institution, and Tim will have a crucial role in making sure that it can deliver for audiences across the U.K. in a changing, fast-moving media landscape,” U.K. secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said. “I have spoken to Tim on his appointment, and I am encouraged that he has underlined his commitment to impartiality at the BBC as well as the need for further reform.”