Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Director General of the BBC was educated at Birmingham’s King Edwards School before going on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford.
He began his career as a trainee at the BBC’s Belfast newsroom before going on to become a producer on top shows including Today and The World at One.
After various roles with the BBC, Hall was appointed Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001 before being installed as Director General in 2012.
While at the Corporation he has been behind the launch of flagship TV and Radio channels Radio 5 live, BBC News Online, BBC Parliament and the BBC News Channel.
Outside of the BBC he also spent 10 years as Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, was founding Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills, Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Committee and a member of the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.
Tony Hall is due to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University, which will be presented at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.