Director-General of the BBC

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Director-General of the BBC
Incumbent
Tim Davie

since 1 September 2020
Member ofBBC Board
Executive Committee
Reports toBBC Board
Chairman of the BBC
AppointerBBC Board
Formation1927
First holderSir 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 (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.[1]

List of incumbents[edit]

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[2][3] 7 years Life Peerage 19 March 2010
Tim Davie 1 September 2020[1] incumbent

Italics indicate that the incumbent was temporarily appointed as Acting Director General.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tim Davie: BBC executive named director general". 5 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (25 January 2013). "BBC director general Lord Hall to take charge on 2 April". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general". BBC News. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.

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