Director-General of the BBC
|Director-General of the BBC|
|Member of||BBC Board|
|Reports to||BBC Board|
Chairman of the BBC
|First holder||Sir John Reith|
The Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation is chief executive and (from 1994) editor-in-chief of the BBC.
The position was formerly appointed by the Board of Governors of the BBC (for the period of 1927 to 2007) and then the BBC Trust (from 2007 to 2017). Since 2017 the Director-General has been appointed by the BBC Board.
To date, nineteen individuals have been appointed Director-General, plus an additional two who were appointed in an acting capacity only. The current Director-General is Tim Davie, who succeeded Tony Hall on 1 September 2020.
List of incumbents
|Director-General||Term of office||Length of term||Honour(s)|
|Sir John Reith||1 January 1927||30 June 1938||11 years||Knighted 1 January 1927|
|Sir Frederick Ogilvie||19 July 1938||26 January 1942||3½ years||Knighted 10 June 1942|
|Sir Cecil Graves and Robert Foot||26 January 1942||6 September 1943||19 months||Knighted 1939|
|Robert Foot||6 September 1943||31 March 1944||7 months|
|Sir William Haley||1944||1952||8 years||Knighted 1946|
|Sir Ian Jacob||1952||1959||7 years||Knighted 1 January 1960|
|Sir Hugh Greene||1960||1969||9 years||Knighted 1964|
|Sir Charles Curran||1969||1977||8 years||Knighted 1 January 1974|
|Sir Ian Trethowan||1977||1982||5 years||Knighted 1980|
|Alasdair Milne||1982||1987||5 years|
|Sir Michael Checkland||1987||1992||5 years|
|Sir John Birt||1992||2000||8 years||Knighted 1 January 2000|
|Greg Dyke||2000||29 January 2004||4 years|
|Mark Byford||January 2004||June 2004||5 months|
|Mark Thompson||22 June 2004||17 September 2012||8 years|
|George Entwistle||17 September 2012||10 November 2012||54 days|
|Tim Davie||11 November 2012||1 April 2013||141 days|
|Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead||2 April 2013||31 August 2020||7 years||Life Peerage 19 March 2010|
|Tim Davie||1 September 2020||incumbent|
Italics indicate that the incumbent was temporarily appointed as Acting Director General.
- "Tim Davie: BBC executive named director general". 5 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
- Plunkett, John (25 January 2013). "BBC director general Lord Hall to take charge on 2 April". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
- "Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general". BBC News. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.