Lord Tony Hall is chair of Frontline. He was a member of a House of Lords select committee looking at youth unemployment that reported in November 2021. He is also a trustee of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and sits on the advisory board for the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Qwilt.
Tony is former chair of the National Gallery and former president of the European Broadcasting Union, championing public service media across the world. Between 2013 and September 2020, he was director-general of the BBC overseeing all the BBC’s services across the UK and around the world. Tony first joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and, as director of news and current affairs, launched many of the BBC’s most popular digital services.
From 2001 to 2013 he was chief executive of the Royal Opera House, bringing financial stability, supporting new artists, and developing new audiences. He was a non-exec board member for Channel 4 Television and was later appointed deputy chair of Channel 4 in 2012. In 2004 Tony was appointed inaugural chair of the industry-led Creative & Cultural Skills, introducing the first formal creative apprenticeships as well as new online careers guidance for emerging talent. In 2009 he joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and was appointed chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board.
Tony was awarded a CBE in 2006 and was made a life peer in 2010. He sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.