Just a week and a half after George Entwistle stood outside the BBC and announced his resignation, the corporation has found his replacement: Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall.
Hall is expected to take up the post in early March 2013, when acting director general Tim Davie steps down.
Hall has an impressive history within the BBC, having been director of BBC News in 1993 and being a driving force behind the launch of BBC Parliament and Radio 5 Live.
Announcing Hall’s appointment, Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, set out the tasks that face him when he takes up the position: “Lead the BBC out of its current crisis and help rebuild public trust in the organisation.”
“As an ex-BBC man he understands how the corporation’s culture and behaviour make it, at its best, the greatest broadcaster in the world,” added Patten.
“His experience as a former BBC journalist will prove invaluable as the BBC looks to rebuild its reputation in this area.”
Hall – to be paid £450,000 a year – was appointed as part of a secret, emergency process.