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Director-General of the BBC

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 and is now appointed by the BBC Trust.

Director General Tenure Time in post
Sir John Reith, later The Lord Reith 1927–1938 11 years
Sir Frederick Ogilvie 1938–1942 4 years
Sir Cecil Graves and Robert W. Foot 1942–1943 1 year
Robert W. Foot 1943–1944 1 year
Sir William Haley 1944–1952 8 years
Sir Ian Jacob 1952–1959 7 years
Sir Hugh Greene 1960–1969 9 years
Sir Charles Curran 1969–1977 8 years
Sir Ian Trethowan 1977–1982 5 years
Alasdair Milne 1982–1987 5 years
Sir Michael Checkland 1987–1992 5 years
Sir John Birt, later The Lord Birt 1992–2000 8 years
Greg Dyke 2000–2004 4 years
Mark Byford (acting) January – June 2004 5 months
Mark Thompson 2004–2012 8 years
George Entwistle 2012 54 days
Tim Davie (acting) 2012–2013 141 days
The Lord Hall of Birkenhead April 2013 – present In post[1][2]


  1. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (22 November 2012). "BBC appoints Tony Hall as new director general".  
  2. ^ "Tony Hall is new director general".  

External links

  • The BBC press office's biographical list of its Directors General
  • Portraits of BBC Directors-General
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