Neil Wallis

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Neil John Wallis (born 4 October 1950)[1] is a former newspaper editor in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Wallis was born in Lincolnshire.[2] He attended Skegness Grammar School[citation needed].

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Wallis worked for News International from 1986, rising to become Deputy Editor of The Sun in 1993. He left in 1998 and took up the editorship of The People. In 2003, he moved to become Deputy Editor of the News of the World, and in 2007 he became Executive Editor of the paper. In May 2009, he announced that he would be leaving his post later in the year.[3] He was known as "the wolf man" by fellow journalists.[4]

Wallis is a former member of the Editors' Code of Practice Committee at the Press Complaints Commission.[5]

Public relations[edit]

After leaving journalism he worked for the Outside Organization, a company specialising in public relations,[6] becoming Managing Director in 2010.[7] Wallis' own company, Chamy Media, provided "strategic communication advice and support" to the Metropolitan Police on a part-time basis from October 2009 to September 2010 whilst the Met's Deputy Director of Public Affairs was on extended sick leave.[8][9]

It is alleged that while recovering from illness Sir Paul Stephenson, head of the Metropolitan Police, accepted a free extended stay (worth £12,000) at a Champneys health spa, a company which then employed Wallis for PR work.[10] Upon announcing his resignation from the Metropolitan Police on 17 July 2011, Stephenson acknowledged that his decision to resign was "in particular in relation to Neil Wallis".[11]

Arrest[edit]

On 14 July 2011, Wallis was arrested by the Metropolitan Police investigating the News of the World phone hacking scandal.[12] Upon the announcement of this Outside Organisation edited their website, removing his listing as MD and a part of his biography which had stated "What he [Wallis] doesn’t know about journalism and media isn’t worth knowing".[13]

In February 2013, it was announced by the Crown Prosecution Service that Wallis would not be charged over the phone hacking scandal.[14]

On 30 July 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that it had authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Wallis with conspiring to hack phones to listen to voicemails between January 2003 and January 2007.[15] The charges were brought as part of Operation Pinetree into ex-News of the World features staff, a separate inquiry to the one into hacking by the paper’s newsroom staff which resulted in the jailing of ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson. In its statement the CPS said it had been decided there was "sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest". The paper’s former features editor Jules Stenson was also charged and will appear with Wallis before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 21 August 2014.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Debretts". Debretts. 4 October 1950. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Ian Burrell (15 July 2011). "Fleet Street's 'Wolfman': hardened hack with a hotline to the Met". The Independent (London). Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  3. ^ John Plunkett, "Neil Wallis to leave News of the World", The Guardian, 1 May 2009
  4. ^ "Call for police chief to resign over hacking". Sydney Morning Herald. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Phone hacking: MPs 'could summon Rebekah Brooks'". BBC News. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  6. ^ PA (14 July 2011). "Andy Coulson deputy Neil Wallis arrested". The Independent (London). Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Kate Magee (27 October 2010). "Channel Five Outsources Press Office To The Outside Organisation". PR Week. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Statement re Chamy Media". Metropolitan Police. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Arrested NOTW Deputy 'Was Police Consultant'". Sky News. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Juliette Garside (17 July 2011). "Met chief faces questions over spa stay". Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Patrick Wintour, Nicholas Watt and Vikram Dodd (18 July 2011). "How Paul Stephenson and PM fell out over hacking scandal". Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hacking: 'Coulson's NOTW Deputy Arrested'". Sky News. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Alec Mattinson (14 July 2011). "Outside Organization MD Neil Wallis Arrested In Hacking Investigation". PR Week. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  14. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (22 February 2013). "Phone hacking: Neil Wallis will not face prosecution". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Deans, Jason (July 2014). “Phone hacking: NoW’s Neil Wallis and Jules Stenson to be charged”, The Guardian, 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014
  16. ^ BBC News (July 2014). “Two ex-News of the World journalists charged over hacking”, BBC News, 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014

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Media offices
Preceded by
Stuart Higgins
Deputy Editor of The Sun
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Rebekah Wade
Preceded by
Brendon Parsons
Editor of The People
1998–2003
Succeeded by
Mark Thomas
Preceded by
Andy Coulson
Deputy Editor of the News of the World
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Jane Johnson