Director-General of the BBC

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Director-General of British Broadcasting Corporation
Tony Hall

since 22 November 2012
Member of BBC Executive board
Reports to Parliament of the United Kingdom
Appointer BBC Board
Formation 1927
First holder John Reith
Salary £450,000

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, the BBC Trust and is now appointed by the BBC Board.

List of incumbents[edit]

Director General Tenure Time in post
Sir John Reith 1927–1938 11 years
Sir Frederick Ogilvie 1938–1942 4 years
Sir Cecil Graves and Robert W. Foot 1942–1943 1 year
Robert W. Foot 1943–1944 1 year
Sir William Haley 1944–1952 8 years
Sir Ian Jacob 1952–1959 7 years
Sir Hugh Greene 1960–1969 9 years
Sir Charles Curran 1969–1977 8 years
Sir Ian Trethowan 1977–1982 5 years
Alasdair Milne 1982–1987 5 years
Sir Michael Checkland 1987–1992 5 years
Sir John Birt 1992–2000 8 years
Greg Dyke 2000–2004 4 years
Mark Byford* January – June 2004 5 months
Mark Thompson 2004–2012 8 years
George Entwistle 2012 54 days
Tim Davie* 2012–2013 141 days
Tony Hall April 2013 – present Incumbent

An asterisk indicates that the incumbent was temporarily appointed as Acting Director General.


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