|Director-General of the BBC|
|Member of||BBC Board|
|Reports to||BBC Board|
Chairman of the BBC
|First holder||Sir John Reith|
The director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation is chief executive and (from 1994) editor-in-chief of the BBC.
The post-holder was formerly appointed by the Board of Governors of the BBC (for the period 1927 to 2007) and then the BBC Trust (from 2007 to 2017). Since 2017 the director-general has been appointed by the BBC Board.
To date, 17 individuals have been appointed director-general, plus an additional two who were appointed in an acting capacity only. The current director-general is Tim Davie, who succeeded Tony Hall on 1 September 2020.
|No.||Image||Director-General||Term of office||Length of term||Honour(s)|
|1||Sir John Reith||1 January 1927||30 June 1938||11 years||Knighted 1 January 1927, at the start of his term as DG. Peerage 21 October 1940, after stepping down as DG. Appointed to the Order of the Thistle 18 February 1969.|
|2||Sir Frederick Ogilvie||19 July 1938||26 January 1942||3½ years||Knighted 10 June 1942, after stepping down as DG|
|3||Sir Cecil Graves and Robert Foot||26 January 1942||6 September 1943||19 months||Knighted 1939, before becoming DG|
|4||Robert Foot||6 September 1943||31 March 1944||7 months|
|5||Sir William Haley||1944||1952||8 years||Knighted 1946, during his term as DG|
|6||Sir Ian Jacob||1952||1959||7 years||Knighted 1 January 1960, after stepping down as DG|
|7||Sir Hugh Greene||1960||1969||9 years||Knighted 1964, during his term as DG|
|8||Sir Charles Curran||1969||1977||8 years||Knighted 1 January 1974, during his term as DG|
|9||Sir Ian Trethowan||1977||1982||5 years||Knighted 1980, during his term as DG|
|10||Alasdair Milne||1982||January 1987[a]||5 years|
|11||Sir Michael Checkland||1987||1992||5 years|
|12||Sir John Birt||1992||2000||8 years||Knighted 27 October 1998 during his term as DG.|
|13||Greg Dyke||2000||29 January 2004||4 years|
|–||Mark Byford[b]||January 2004||June 2004||5 months|
|14||Mark Thompson||22 June 2004||17 September 2012||8 years||Knighted 17 June 2023, after stepping down as DG.|
|15||George Entwistle||17 September 2012||10 November 2012||54 days|
|–||Tim Davie[b]||11 November 2012||1 April 2013||141 days|
|16||Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead||2 April 2013||31 August 2020||7 years||Life peerage 19 March 2010, before appointment as DG.|
|17||Tim Davie||1 September 2020||Incumbent|
Italics indicate that the individual was temporarily appointed as acting director-general.