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Lord Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general
20 January 2020, 10:43
Lord Tony Hall is stepping down as the director general of the BBC, it has been announced.
In a letter to staff, Lord Hall said he would be standing down in the summer.
He said: "It's been such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I'm passionate about our values and the role we have in our country - and what we do globally too.
"If I followed my heart I would genuinely never want to leave. However, I believe that an important part of leadership is putting the interests of the organisation first.
"The BBC has an 11-year Charter - our mission is secure until 2027. But we also have a mid-term review process for the spring of 2022. As I said last week, we have to develop our ideas for both. And it must be right that the BBC has one person to lead it through both stages."
Following news that Tony Hall will be standing down as the Director-General of the BBC, Sir David Clementi said Lord Hall had been an "inspirational creative leader"
Sir David, chairman of the BBC, said in a statement: "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."