Tony Hall to stand down as BBC Director-General

Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE, has today announced that he will stand down from the role of BBC Director-General this summer.

The Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi, says: “Tony Hall is an inspirational creative leader, within the UK and around the globe, and the BBC has been lucky to have him as our Director-General for the last seven years. Tony has led the BBC with integrity and a passion for our values that is obvious to everyone who meets him. His reforms have shaped the BBC for the future and he will leave the BBC in the summer with our gratitude and our very best wishes.

“Responsibility for appointing his successor lies with the BBC Board. Within the next few weeks we will publish a job description and advertise the job, seeking candidates within the Corporation and externally. We are committed to selecting the best-qualified person for the job.”

Below is an all-staff email from Tony Hall announcing his decision to stand down and an all-staff email from Sir David Clementi on next steps.