New BBC director-general Tony Hall: the Twitter reaction

From high praise to programming suggestions, here's the Twittersphere's response to the Beeb's new appointment - featuring star tweeter Danny Baker


Following George Entwistle’s 54-day tenure in the BBC’s top job, bosses have been swift to appoint his successor. Enter Tony Hall – former head of BBC News and current chief executive of the Royal Opera House. It’s a shame the Covent Garden venue weren’t made aware of his new gig beforehand – according to Guardian writer Charlotte Higgins they were kept in the dark:


But the ballet dancers’ loss is all of our gain – we could do with some good news at the Beeb, don’t you think Salley Vickers?

Agreed. Although admittedly there are limits to the quality of humour viewers should be expected to endure. Thank goodness @DJLucknMCtweet weren’t successful in their application for office…

They should take tips from the new director-general’s parody account, which was set up with alarming speed.

However, the Baron of Birkenhead is not to the liking of some Twitter users: 

After Entwistle’s brief reign over the BBC bods, observers were quick to place bets on how long the latest DG would stay in his post, with Lord Alan Sugar weighing in on the scandal-hit Beeb.

Meanwhile, David Schneider compares the fate of the long line of DGs with Chelsea Football Club’s endless managers. Roman Abramovitch as chairman of the BBC Trust – now there’s a terrifying thought…

Within the Corporation, famous employees were quick to tweet their support of the new top dog. Political editor Nick Robinson swiftly sung his praises:

While Stephen Fry gave Tony his nod of approval…

And former colleague Jeremy Bowen met the latest appointment with open arms.

But the gushing tweets from Hall’s future colleagues did not escape the notice of Nicky Campbell, who quipped:

Lastly, a special Twitter award must be handed out to Danny Baker (@prodnose) – the former BBC London host whose daily radio show was axed earlier this month. The 5 Live presenter tweeted out a comprehensive guide to  how he envisaged the new DG’s first day in the job. It began with this…

… Before stipulating this…

Attacking the Beeb’s pint-sized competitors was also high on the agenda:


But most importantly – and we really stress this final point…