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BBC hires Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall after scandal
BBC hires Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall after scandal

Looking to put a child sex-abuse scandal behind it, the BBC has named a major figure from classical opera as its director general. Tony Hall has served as the chief executive of the Royal Opera House in London since 2001. His job at the BBC is expected to begin in March. Hall's appointment may seem a bit arbitrary at first glance — the equivalent of making the Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb the head of CNN. But the hire isn't as random as it appears. Before the Royal Opera House, Hall worked at the BBC for close to 30 years, heading the BBC News for part of that. Hall, 61, will replace George Entwistle, who recently resigned after less than two months on the job. The position is being...

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