2 April 2013, 10:57

Series of scandals hurting BBC credibility - political analyst

Тони Холл (Tony Hall) новый глава Би-Би-Си BBC
Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Tony Hall is appointed as BBC director general to return the corporation's reputation and restore public confidence after a number of crises, including the sex-abuse claims and mishandled news reports, that have hurt BBC credibility with viewers.

“BBC has had a number of crises, as we know Jimmy Savile affair and other things that have really hurt its credibility with viewers. So BBC itself is scrambling to try to maintain its integrity and maintain itself,” said Danny Schechter, editor of mediachannel.org.

Schechter believes that BBC is going through a big restructuring that forced to shut down the BBC Centre which was its center piece and had to sell it off. BBC went through incredible loss of revenue and income partly because of the transition to digital journalism.

Anthony William Hall, 62, was born in 1951 in Birkenhead, Wirral, England in 1951. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 1973 Hall joined the BBC as a trainee. During his 28 year career at the corporation oversaw the launch of Radio 5 live, BBC News 24, the BBC News website and BBC Parliament. In 1999 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the position of Director General of the BBC.

Tony Hall became Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in April 2001. He introduced special low-price ticket schemes and purchased a DVD company, Opus Arte, to distribute recordings globally.

In 2010 he became a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Hall returned to the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal which led to the resignation of his predecessor, George Entwistle.

The Savile scandal last autumn led to a crisis in the BBC's leadership and journalism.

One of the Hall’s tasks as the director general is to tackle a dispute over cuts which unions claim has led to compulsory redundancies, unacceptable workloads and bullying.

Tony Hall takes up post of BBC director general

Tony Hall will spend first day speaking to staff as he embarks on restoring public confidence in corporation after BBC scandals, including the sex-abuse claims and mishandled news reports that brought down his predecessor.

Lord Hall, who started out as a BBC trainee 40 years ago, will spend part of his first day speaking to staff at the corporation, which has been beset with problems since the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal came to light last September.

The former BBC news executive also has to contend with low staff morale – highlighted by last week's strike in a row over jobs, workload and claims of bullying.

Hall, 62, said he wants to "build a world-class team to lead a world-class BBC" and is set to call for better communication between staff.

 Later this week he will kick off a national tour to take on board views from BBC staff and audiences.

Former chief George Entwistle resigned in November after just 54 days in the job following a Newsnight report which falsely accused Lord McAlpine of being involved in a child-sex scandal.

Opera boss to become new BBC Director-General

The new director-general of BBC is to be the current chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Tony Hall, BBC television news said on Thursday.

Hall, a former chief executive of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil.

The move was followed by a scandal over a decision by its Newsnight programme not to run a report that one of its former stars, Jimmy Savile was a serial sexual abuser of young women.

Jimmy Savile sex scandal: victims to sue BBC

Dozens of victims of alleged sexual abuse by late British television star Jimmy Savile have reportedly sued the BBC.

 A police report showed last month that Savile sexually assaulted hundreds of people, mainly children, at BBC premises and hospitals over six decades.

Alan Collins, a lawyer representing the group, said 31 victims had lodged their claims seeking compensation with the British High Court against the BBC, as well as Savile's estate, Reuters reported.

The number of claimants could grow. “They were forced into this position as a result of all the publicity,”Collins said, adding that the people will hopefully get “some semblance of justice.”

BBC journalists staging 24-hour strike

BBC journalists are staging a 24-hour strike Monday. Members of the National Union of Journalists will walk out from midnight for 24 hours as part of a campaign against redundancies.

 NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet announced that staff of the media corporation are “angry and frustrated at the poor decisions being taken at the top of the BBC - decisions that are leading to journalists being forced out of their jobs and quality journalism and programming compromised.”

The drastic obligatory redundancies that the NUJ is protesting against are part of a five-year program to reduce costs. A total of two thousand employees are planned to be laid off in this period. At the same time, union members puzzle over the fact the BBC is still not only recruiting new employees, but spending lavishly on advertising these vacancies.

Currently the BBC employs 17,800 people.

Voice of Russia, BBC, PressTV, wikipedia.org, the Guardian, AFP, Reuters, RT, TASS

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