This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

'BBC' Picks Former News Chief as Director-General

By Robert Barr, Associated Press

LONDON -- The BBC has chosen a former head of its news division to lead the broadcaster through a "long, hard look" at itself as it struggles to recover from a scandal stemming from its coverage of child sex abuse.

Tony Hall, currently chief executive of the Royal Opera House, had been chosen as the new director-general beginning in March, Chris Patten, chairman of the governing BBC Trust, said Thursday.

Hall, 61, worked at the BBC for 28 years, including a decade as director of news before taking the Royal Opera post in 2001. He succeeds George Entwistle, who resigned on Nov. 10 after just 54 days as director-general.

The BBC has been shaken by controversy over a decision by its "Newsnight" program not to run a report that one of its former stars, Jimmy Savile, was a serial sexual abuser of young women.

Entwistle, who had stumbled in explaining why that happened, resigned after "Newsnight" broadcast a report which led to a prominent politician being falsely identified as a child abuser.

In a memo to staff, Patten said the BBC needed to restore its focus on "making great programs."

"In doing this, it will need to take a long, hard look at the way it operates and put in place the changes required to ensure it lives up to the standards that the public expects. Tony Hall is the right person to lead this," Patten said.

"As an ex-BBC man he understands how the corporation's culture and behavior make it, at its best, the greatest broadcaster in the world," he added. "And from his vantage point outside the BBC, he understands the sometimes justified criticisms of the corporation -- that it can be inward-looking and on occasions too institutional."

Until Hall arrives in March, the chief executive of BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie, will continue to serve as acting director-general.

Hall, who was appointed to the House of Lords two years ago, will be paid 450,000 pounds ($718,000) a year as director-general.

The BBC and Entwistle have been criticized for his final payoff of the same amount. He received a year's salary upon departure, twice as much as he was entitled to by contract.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,039.49 +60.36 0.36%
S&P 500 1,992.37 +5.86 0.30%
NASDAQ 4,532.1040 +5.6220 0.12%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs