Davie is presently the chief executive of BBC Studios and will take charge as Director General from September 1.
The BBC has appointed Tim Davie, one of the most senior executives at the broadcasting company, as the new Director General. He will officially take over the role from September 1.
Davie has been promoted from chief executive of BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary that makes programmes and also sells them abroad. Davie became acting director general after George Entwistle resigned in 2012, and will now replace Tony Hall.
He becomes the 17th director general of the BBC, with an annual salary set at £525,000 ($663,000). Under the new role, Davie’s top priorities will include negotiating with the government about the future of the licence fee. The TV licence system will stay in place until at least 2027, but the government is due to review the funding level from 2022 onwards.
Davie will also be responsible for the creative, editorial and operational leadership of the BBC within the UK and around the world.
At BBC Studios, Davie has overseen the production of programmes like Blue Planet II, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders for the BBC, as well as the sale of shows to more than 200 countries.
Commenting on his new appointment, Davie said: “This has been a critical time for the UK and these past few months have shown just how much the BBC matters to people. Our mission has never been more relevant, important or necessary. I have a deep commitment to the content of the highest quality and impartiality. Looking forward, we will need to accelerate change so that we serve all our audiences in this fast-moving world. Much great work has been done, but we will continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant. I am very confident we can do this because of the amazing teams of people that work at the BBC.”