BBC Director-General's appearance in front of select committee, April 25, 2013

Earlier today BBC Director-General Lord Hall and Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten appeared in front of the culture, media and sport select committee. Here is a selection of reactions on Twitter to what was discussed.


  1. Lord Hall took the opportunity to make an introductory speech in which he revealed he wants a "simpler BBC" and acknowledged the need to rebuild trust in the corporation.
  2. DG Tony Hall also announced that after taking on board Licence Fee payer concerns, he intends to cap severance payments.
  3. Tony Hall was asked about his appointment of James Purnell without open competition and the Senior Management restructure post the Pollard review.
  4. The Committee questioned Lord Hall about John Sweeney's recent Panorama - North Korea Undercover and the consent of the LSE students involved in the programme.
  5. Tony Hall explained that in his first three weeks he had met with staff around the country and listened to suggestions on how to improve morale within the BBC.
  6. Lord Hall was also questioned about impartiality with regards to the coverage of Baroness Thatcher's funeral, the handling of the Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead single and Question Time audience selection.
  7. Josh Halliday's Guardian Media Blog followed the meeting as it happened.