Royal Opera chief will head scandal-plagued BBC

LONDON — Seeking to overcome one of its worst crises in decades, the British Broadcasting Corp. appointed Tony Hall, chief of the Royal Opera House, to be director general, replacing George Entwistle, who quit Nov. 10 amid scandal over the BBC’s reporting of sexual abuse.

The BBC quoted Chris Patten, head of the supervisory BBC Trust, as saying Hall, 61, a former news director at the BBC, was ‘‘the right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis’’ and his experience in journalism would be ‘‘invaluable as the BBC looks to rebuild its reputation.’’ He takes the job in March.

Entwistle resigned after disclosures that a current affairs program, ‘‘Newsnight,’’ had wrongly implicated a former Conservative politician in allegations of sexual abuse at a children’s home in the 1970s and 1980s. The same program had canceled an investigation a year ago into allegations of sexual abuse of hundreds of minors by the late television host Jimmy Savile at a time when other departments of the corporation were planning Christmas tributes to him.


Entwistle took over from Mark Thompson, who became chief executive of The New York Times Co. on Nov. 12.