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Tony Hall

Anthony (Tony) William Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, , CBE (born 3 March 1951 in Birkenhead, Wirral, England), has been chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, since 2001. His early career was spent at the BBC, where he became Director of News in 1993. He became a crossbench member of the House of Lords on 22 March 2010. On 2 April 2013, Hall became Director-General of the BBC.

Hall joined the BBC as a trainee in 1973, initially working in the Belfast newsroom. He later worked as producer on Today, The World at One, The World Tonight, and PM. He became editor of the 9 O'Clock News at the early age of 34. He was appointed director of News and Current Affairs Television at the BBC in 1990 and, combining TV and radio, became director of News in 1993. He was Head of Current Affairs between 1996 and 2001. Among his career achievements are the launch of BBC Parliament, Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24, and BBC News Online. On 22 November 2012 he was appointed Director-General of the BBC, and officially took charge on 2 April 2013.

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