The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Royal Opera House boss to become BBC's chief


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.