Tony Hall



Tony Hall
Tony became Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in April 2001. He set up ROH2, a department under the former ballerina Deborah Bull, devoted to supporting new artists, and developing new audiences. He set up new initiatives to widen access to the Opera House, including big screen relays out of London, Paul Hamlyn weekends, and Travelex £10 Mondays. He has also brought new funding into the Royal Opera House from the Arts Council, individuals and outside companies.

Until 2001 Tony was Chief Executive BBC News and launched Radio 5 Live, Britain’s first 24 hour news and sport radio, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He built the BBC news gathering network to be a world beater.

At present he is also Chair of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Joan Littlewood’s old theatre. In April 2004 he was appointed Chair of the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries. He chairs the Music and Dance Scheme Advisory Board and is a member of the Management Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme. He is also a non-executive director of Channel 4 Television, and of Learn Direct. He has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, a member of the Regeneration Through Heritage Steering Group, a board member for Race for Opportunity and a member of the Council for Brunel University.

He is the author of King Coal (1981) – a history of the Miners’ Union, and Nuclear Power (1984).
Tony Hall