By Daniel Hunter

The BBC have confirmed that the chief executive of the Royal Opera House and the BBC's former director of news, Tony Hall, has been appointed the corporation's new director general.

The BBC has been in turmoil since the Jimmy Savile story broke, and the Trust chairman, Lord Patten, believes Tony Hall is the "right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis".

Hall is expected to start in early March 2013 and Tim Davie, the BBC’s former head of audio and music and incoming chief executive of BBC Worldwide, will continue as acting director general until then.

"While there are still very serious questions to be answered by the ongoing inquiries, it is in the interests of licence-fee payers that the BBC now starts to refocus on its main purpose — making great programmes that audiences love and trust," Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust said.

"In doing this, it will need to take a long, hard look at the way it operates and put in place the changes required to ensure it lives up to the standards that the public expects. Tony Hall is the right person to lead this and I am delighted that he is taking on this role. For its part, I want to make sure that the Trust gives Tony Hall whatever help and support he needs to rebuild the BBC’s management around him.

"Tony Hall has been an insider and is a currently an outsider. As an ex-BBC man, he understands how the Corporation’s culture and behaviour make it, at its best, the greatest broadcaster in the world. And from his vantage point outside the BBC, he understands the sometimes justified criticisms of the Corporation — that it can be inward-looking and, on occasions, too institutional.

"But perhaps most importantly, given where we now find ourselves, his background in news will prove invaluable as the BBC looks to rebuild both its reputation in this area and the trust of audiences."

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