Lord Hall quits as BBC Director-General: His letter in full

Lawrence Kim
January 21, 2020

LONDON (AP) - BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced Monday that he will step down from the helm of the United Kingdom broadcaster in six months after seven years in the job.

The Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi, said: 'Tony Hall is an inspirational creative leader, within the United Kingdom and around the globe, and the BBC has been lucky to have him as our Director-General for the last seven years. He added he believed "that an important part of leadership is putting the interests of the organization first".

"Tony Hall is an inspirational creative leader, within the United Kingdom and around the globe, and the BBC has been lucky to have him as our director-general for the last seven years", said BBC Chairman David Clementi.

Hall's resignation comes at a turbulent time for the British broadcaster.

"Responsibility for appointing his successor lies with the BBC Board".

The surprise announcement was revealed in a letter sent to BBC staff by email this morning.

Most media employers in the United Kingdom generally find ways of firing people they regard as "troublemakers" but in the case of the BBC so many women have joined the rebellion that individuals could not be picked off one by one.

Speaking of Lord Hall, he said the corporation had been "lucky to have him".

Culture secretary Nicky Morgan thanked Lord Hall for his services, saying he had made "a huge contribution to public service broadcasting in his career".

"In this ever changing broadcast landscape the next DG will need to build on Lord Hall's success", she wrote on Twitter.

Our chairman, David Clementi, will begin the search for my successor and he'll let you know how that will work shortly. It has been criticized by both sides of the Brexit debate over its coverage of the U.K.'s impending departure from the European Union, and some in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government have suggested changing the BBC's funding model.

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