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Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC poses for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC poses for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month...more

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC poses for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten speaks to the media following a news conference with Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, inside New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten speaks to the media following a news conference with Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, inside New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC...more

BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten speaks to the media following a news conference with Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, inside New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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BBC creative director Alan Yentob (L) embraces Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, as they leave New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

BBC creative director Alan Yentob (L) embraces Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, as they leave New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle...more

BBC creative director Alan Yentob (L) embraces Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, as they leave New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, gestures as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, gestures as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after...more

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, gestures as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after...more

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he leaves New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he is shown around the news rooms at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he is shown around the news rooms at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned...more

Tony Hall, who has been appointed director general of the BBC, smiles as he is shown around the news rooms at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Tony Hall (R) who has been appointed director general of the BBC, and the BBC Trust Chairman, Chris Patten, pose for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Tony Hall (R) who has been appointed director general of the BBC, and the BBC Trust Chairman, Chris Patten, pose for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George...more

Tony Hall (R) who has been appointed director general of the BBC, and the BBC Trust Chairman, Chris Patten, pose for a photograph at New Broadcasting House in central London November 22, 2012. Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month after just 54 days after failing to get to grips with a child sex abuse scandal that has thrown the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster into turmoil. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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