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Royal Opera House boss to become BBC's chief

Published on Nov 22, 2012 8:18 PM
The Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Mr Tony Hall, is seen posing for a photograph outside the Opera House in London in this Sept 6, 2007 file photo. BBC television news said on Oct 22, 2012, that Mr Tony Hall is to be the new director-general of BBC. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Mr Tony Hall, chief executive of Britain's Royal Opera House, was named on Thursday as head of the BBC after the previous director-general quit over a child sex abuse scandal.

Mr Hall takes over as the BBC, the world's largest public broadcaster, struggles with a major crisis sparked by allegations that one of its top stars, the late Jimmy Savile, was a serial child sex offender.

"We can confirm that Tony Hall has been appointed as the new director-general of the BBC," a spokesman for the corporation's governing body, the BBC Trust, told AFP.

Mr Hall was head of news at the BBC between 1996 and 2001 before leaving to take charge of the Royal Opera House.

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