BBC picks former news chief as director-general amid child abuse scandal

The BBC has chosen a former head of its news division to lead the broadcaster as it struggles to recover from a child abuse scandal.

Tony Hall, currently chief executive of the Royal Opera House, was announced as the BBC's new director-general on Thursday. Hall served as director of news for a decade before taking the Royal Opera post in 2001.

He succeeds George Entwistle, who resigned on Nov. 10 after just 54 days as director-general.

The BBC has been shaken by controversy over a decision not to run a report that one of its former stars, Jimmy Savile, was an alleged serial sexual abuser of young women. It also aired a report falsely linking a politician to child sex abuse.