Tony Hall

Barenboim’s Brexit speech was out of order – the Proms are, and must be, politically neutral

17 July 2017 12:29

This post was first published on Slipped Disc On the first night of the BBC Proms, the German-based pianist Igor…

The BBC’s promises to change after Savile are as sincere as a prostitute’s smile

21 January 2016 17:17

It should be easy to admire the BBC’s handling of the Savile scandal. Two of its journalists, Liz MacKean and…

Alan Yentob’s ‘resignation’ only makes him less accountable

7 December 2015 13:02

The BBC’s spin doctors will be broadly happy at the coverage Alan Yentob’s ‘resignation’ as BBC Creative Director has generated,…

Tony Hall: the BBC is like James Bond

23 July 2015 13:24

As staff at the BBC face cuts and budget tightening following the Government’s plans to reform the Corporation, their director-general Tony…

Is Rupert Murdoch eyeing up Jeremy Clarkson now the ‘stupid’ BBC has fired him?

25 March 2015 14:50

Last week Mr S reported how Jeremy Clarkson took to the stage at a charity event and called the BBC…

Jeremy Clarkson rants about BBC at charity event: ‘I didn’t foresee my sacking’

20 March 2015 7:16

Next week Lord Hall will read the BBC’s report into Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear and make a decision about Clarkson’s…

The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – Guardianistas won’t be happy

17 December 2014 16:10

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69…

The BBC’s music strategy is a shambles

17 June 2014 16:14

Tony Hall made some terrible music announcements yesterday. They come hot on the heels of some terrible arts announcements he…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

Tony Hall’s new vision for BBC Arts: waffle, stale buns and chief execs

25 March 2014 13:48

I can’t remember the last time I turned to the BBC for cultural guidance. That’s not to say that the…

Tony Hall hosts BBC version of Friends Reunited

8 October 2013 12:39

Mr Steerpike was sitting in the auditorium at New Broadcasting House, waiting for Tony Hall to unveil his plans for…

Tony Hall’s digital vision for the future of the BBC

8 October 2013 12:26

listen to ‘Tony Hall on the future of the BBC’ on Audioboo Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC,…

Robbie Fowler’s simile was bad, not sexist

30 September 2013 14:40

Viewers of Saturday’s edition of Final Score on BBC 1 would have seen former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler…

Tony Hall appointed Director General of the BBC

22 November 2012 12:04

It seems that Lord Patten has been reading the Spectator: Lord Hall, the BBC’s former director of news and the man who…