Tony Hall talks up value of teams
'Teams are what matter,' Tony Hall told staff on Wednesday in W12.
The new director general said that teams need to function all the way down the corporation to aid creativity. And he believed it is his role to be 'intolerant' of anything that gets in the way of people being creative and making the best content.
At an informal session in the Broadcast Centre, he claimed that managers had a vital part to play in this, but that they had to be set free to use their own judgement.
'The organisation depends on the very best people giving their very best,' he remarked.
He reiterated how important the arts are to the BBC and also how 'phenomenally important' they are to him. He claimed to be impressed by The Space, the BBC/Art Council's digital arts forum that features everything from opera to John Peel's record collection.
He also stated his preference for clear, plain English, a reference to changing some of the divisional names. 'I can't stand jargon, I really can't,' he said.
He also spoke about how the case for the BBC in the next Charter period is 'stronger than it has ever been' and that Worldwide and the revenue it generates will be central to the BBC's future.
Only a week into the job, the DG gave few specifics. He understood that staff needed 'clarity' but refused to be drawn on when an additional 1,000 jobs, targeted by DQF, will move out of London.
'I don't know the answers at the moment,' he acknowledged. 'I am very much listening.'No voting
Tony Hall will remain a member of the House of Lords during his time as the BBC director general, but will not take part in any votes, the BBC Trust confirmed on Wednesday.
Chairman Lord Patten agreed with Hall, prior to his appointment, that he should not suspend his membership of the House of Lords but that voting in divisions would be 'inappropriate' due to his role as the BBC's editor in chief.
Hall also assured the chairman before his arrival on April 2 that his participation in any Lords debate was 'unlikely' and that he would consult with Patten in advance of any planned involvement.
He can continue in two non-executive roles - as a trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and a trustee of the Foundation Years Trust.
The Trust published the new DG's contract and related information 'in the interests of transparency'.
The contract details that he should not 'engage in any political activities' and is forbidden from making 'any derogatory or unfavourable public remark or statement' about the BBC during his time as DG or within two years of leaving.
The contract states that he will have dedicated use of a car and driver, will enjoy 30 days' paid holiday each year, is on six months' notice and will not be part of a bonus scheme.
Hall, who currently receives a BBC pension from his previous time with the Corporation, has elected not to join a BBC pension scheme this time round.