TIM Davie will today take over from Lord Tony Hall as the BBC's director-general.

The former chief executive of BBC Studios, the corporation's commercial production and distribution arm, is expected to set out his plans for the broadcaster in the coming week, with impartiality a key focus.

Lord Hall's exit after seven years in the role comes amid a turbulent time for the BBC.

The broadcaster faces scrutiny over equal pay, diversity, free TV licences for the over-75s and competition from streaming services such as Netflix, as well as the coronavirus crisis.

Davie was acting director-general for four months following George Entwistle's resignation in November 2012 before Lord Hall's appointment, and previously served as the corporation's head of audio.

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Before joining the BBC in 2005, he worked in marketing.

Davie stood as a councillor for the Conservative Party in Hammersmith in 1993 and 1994.

He was deputy chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative party during the 1990s.

Davie starts as the BBC hit controversy over the decision to play orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory at the Last Night Of The Proms.

The BBC is also expecting to receive a report into the use of social media by its staff, written by Richard Sambrook.

It has emerged Davie is planning to tackle “left-wing” BBC comedy, according to The Telegraph.

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He reportedly believes the broadcaster’s output is seen as too one-sided and needs to be overhauled.

Meanwhile it emerged comedy panel shows will be told to book guests with a wider range of views on issues like Brexit.

Tory MPs welcomed Davie’s drive to make comedy on the broadcaster more balanced.