Tony Hall steps out of BBC into National Gallery

On the day Tony Hall revealed he was leaving the BBC his appointment as chairman of the National Gallery is announced.

Before returning to the BBC as director-general seven years ago, Lord Hall, 68, was CEO of the Royal Opera House and was credited with turning around Covent Garden’s fortunes.

He will take over as head of the National Gallery’s trustees from Sir John Kingman, interim chair since the resignation of Hannah Rothschild last June.

“The National Gallery houses the greatest collection of paintings - not just in the UK but the world” Hall said today. “It is a hugely important cultural asset for the country and for the many people who visit from across the globe. The National Gallery isn’t just about serving those who already love art, but reaching a wider audience and future generations.”

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