BBC Director General Tony Hall has been elected as the new president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Delphine Ernotte Cunci, CEO of France Télévisions, will serve as vice-president.
Both were elected by absolute majority at the EBU’s 80th General Assembly in Tirana and will take up the new roles from 1st January 2019 for a two-year period.
Hall has been director general of the BBC since April 2013, first joining the broadcaster in 1973 and enjoying a 28-year career working in a wide variety of roles, culminating as chief executive of BBC News.
He left the BBC in 2001 to undertake the role of chief executive of the Royal Opera House, and re-joined the Corporation as director general in 2013.
“I am delighted to be elected president of the EBU,” said Hall. “It is an organisation – both across Europe and globally – with a proud history that has improved broadcasting standards and helped bring forward the adoption of new technologies and innovation.
“Public service broadcasting (PSB) has never been more important and it plays a crucial role – not just in providing impartial news – but in producing programmes that reflect the lives and aspirations of the public it serves,” he continued. “But, in a globalised world, public service broadcasting faces a number of challenges, with changing viewing habits and new ways of consuming news. How PSBs adapt and indeed lead change is something I think we can work on together to the benefit of those we serve.”
Tony Hall and Delphine Ernotte Cunci will replace Jean-Paul Philippot (RTBF) and Monica Maggioni (RAI) who have served as president and vice-president for ten years and three years respectively.