(File photo) Tony Hall, pictured here in 2008, has been appointed the corporation's new director general.

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Tony Hall worked at the BBC for 28 years before moving to the Royal Opera House

His appointment follows the resignation of George Entwistle as director-general this month

The BBC has been embroiled in a furor over its reporting on sex abuse claims

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Tony Hall, the chief executive of the Royal Opera House and the BBC’s former director of news, has been appointed the corporation’s new director-general, the BBC announced Thursday.

His appointment comes after the resignation of George Entwistle earlier this month. He quit after a BBC report led to a former senior Conservative Party politician being wrongly accused of child abuse.

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The BBC has also been embroiled in a scandal triggered by its handling of sex abuse allegations against a former BBC TV presenter, Jimmy Savile, who died last year.