News: BBC Director-General Tony Hall awarded honorary Fellowship by Trinity Laban

Monday 31 March 2014 by Lise Smith

Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC, has been awarded an Honorary fellowship by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in recognition of his services to the arts and education.

Previously the Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Hall was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. A noted patron and advocate of music and dance, Hall joins a distinguished list of professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education who have become Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows, including actor Joan Plowright, choreographer Matthew Bourne, singer Cleo Laine, musician John Paul Jones and novelist Louis de Bernières.

Hall joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973, going on to become a Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O’Clock News and Output Editor for Newsnight. From 1996 to 2001, he was Chief Executive of BBC News, launching Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament.

While at the Royal Opera House, Hall set up ROH2, a department devoted to supporting new artists and developing new audiences, and introduced new low price ticket schemes and live cinema screenings of performances at the ROH to bring dance and opera to new and wider audiences. Last week, Hall announced a new package of arts and events coverage at the BBC, in what he called “the biggest arts push in a generation”.

Speaking about his appointment at Trinity Laban, Hall said: “I am delighted to be made an honorary fellow of Trinity Laban. It has harnessed, shaped and grown some of our best creative talent. I am an admirer of its work and look forward to continuing to lend it my support.”

Trinity Laban Chairman Lord Lipsey, added, “Tony Hall is a good friend to Trinity Laban. His passion for music and dance, and for music and dance education, is boundless.”

In a long career supporting the arts, Hall was part of the board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and also chaired the board directing the Cultural Olympiad programme of cultural activities surrounding the 2012 games. A crossbench peer, Hall was created Baron Hall of Birkenhead in 2010.

For a full list of Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows, visit www.trinitylaban.ac.uk

For more on Tony Hall’s plans for the BBC, see www.bbc.co.uk

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