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Today’s hot topic: The Tony awards


BARON Hall of Birkenhead is stepping down from his post as director-general of the BBC to become chairman of the National Gallery.

Tony Hall joined the BBC in 1973 and rose to become director of news in 1990. The next year he became chief executive of the Royal Opera House, latterly on a salary of £390,000 plus a private box at every performance to which he could invite his friends. In 2012 he moved back to the BBC on £450,000 a year, topped up by his £80,000 BBC pension which he was already drawing.

During his tenure as director general, he has overseen the transformation of the public broadcasting service into a vehicle for revolutionary social change. This was described in TCW yesterday by David Keighley as ‘a slide into relentless Left-liberal bias across virtually its entire output’, including distorted climate reporting, a diversity obsession, and decline in its standards of journalism ‘typified by its disgraceful complicity in the raid by South Yorkshire police into the home of Sir Cliff Richard’, which culminated in a massive legal damages payout to Sir Cliff while ‘defending its crass actions to the bitter end’. 

Instead of being given another public post, unpaid but no doubt with generous expenses, should Lord Hall be stripped of his title? Discuss!

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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