Director-General of the BBC

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

Director GeneralTenureTime in post
Sir John Reith1927–193811 years
Sir Frederick Ogilvie1938–19424 years
Sir Cecil Graves and Robert W. Foot1942–19431 year
Robert W. Foot1943–19441 year
Sir William Haley1944–19528 years
Sir Ian Jacob1952–19597 years
Sir Hugh Greene1960–19699 years
Sir Charles Curran1969–19778 years
Sir Ian Trethowan1977–19825 years
Alasdair Milne1982–19875 years
Sir Michael Checkland1987–19925 years
Sir John Birt1992–20008 years
Greg Dyke2000–20044 years
Mark Byford*January – June 20045 months
Mark Thompson2004–20128 years
George Entwistle201254 days
Tim Davie*2012–2013141 days
Tony HallApril 2013 – presentIncumbent

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


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