New BBC director general Tony Hall 'confident' about future of beleaguered corporation

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 03, 2013 07:40 hrs

Tony Hall has said he is confident about the future of the BBC on the first day in the corporation as director general.

He said the BBC's role 'is even more important now' than when he first joined it 'many decades ago'.

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

He said the BBC was 'learning the lessons' from recent 'difficult times'.

Among the challenges Hall will be facing is a dispute over jobs and budget cuts.

Admitting the 'very real sense of the responsibility that comes with the role', he said he would enable staff 'to do the best work of your lives'.

He also pledged to 'remove the distractions that get in the way of that ambition', the report said

In the coming weeks, Lord Hall added that he would set out his plans for shaping the future of the BBC as it moves towards its centenary in 2022, it added. (ANI)

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