TONY HALL, director-general of the BBC, says he wants to reach audiences of 500 million around the world by 2022.
He spoke of his ambition in a speech to the Henley and Henley Bridge Rotary Clubs’ joint dinner meeeting on Wednesday to celebrate the movement’s founder Paul Harris.
More than 60 diners, including Rotarians, their partners and guests attended the event at Badgemore Park Golf Club.
Lord Hall, who lives in New Street, Henley, said: “Lord Reith got it right nearly 100 years ago when he said ‘I am a great believer in to inform, educate and entertain’ and I think he got it spot on but I would add one other — inspire. That is what the BBC does at its best — we give that sense of horizons being broadened.
“The BBC is getting to 250 million people globally and I have said that when we are one hundred in 2020 I want to get an audience of half a billion.”