BBC chief Tony Hall to step down amid mounting challenges

The head of the British national broadcaster the on Monday said he plans to step down this summer, suggesting a new leader is needed as the broadcaster fights to retain its public . The BBC faces another review in 2022 of its charter and funding, which are secure until 2027, , the BBC director-general, said in a statement.

Director-General Tony Hall announced Monday that he will step down from the helm of the U.K. broadcaster in six months after seven years in the job.

Hall said he was quitting so that a new leader can oversee a mid-term review of the BBC's funding in 2022, and a renewal of its governing charter, due in 2027.

The announcement comes as the publicly funded BBC is facing intense political and public pressure amid a fast-changing media landscape and viewing habits. It has been criticized by both sides of the Brexit debate over its coverage of the U.K.'s impending departure from the European Union, and some in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government have suggested changing the BBC's model.

The broadcaster currently is funded largely through a 154 pound a year ($200 a year) fee paid by every household with a television. It is not state-controlled, though the government sets the terms of the broadcaster's charter, renewed once a decade.

In a warning to the organization's critics, Hall said that "in an era of fake news, we remain the gold standard of impartiality and truth.

"What the BBC is, and what it stands for, is precious for this country," Hall said. "We ignore that at our peril."


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