Phil Hall (journalist)

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Phil Hall (born 8 January 1955[1]) is a British PR consultant and former newspaper editor.

Hall entered journalism in 1974, as a reporter on the Dagenham Post. He then moved to the Ilford Recorder and subsequently filled a sub-editor post on the Newham Recorder, but returned to reporting at the Sunday People. In 1992, he was appointed News Editor of the Sunday Express and the following year, he joined the News of the World as Assistant Editor, becoming Deputy Editor and, in 1995, Editor.[2]

Hall remained in the job until May 2000 when he then joined Hello! magazine as editor and later was appointed Editorial Director of Development at Trinity Mirror, before moving into PR consultancy.[3]

He founded PHA Media in 2005, specialising in areas of PR including crisis and campaign management, personal profile building, media relations and more recently, digital communications. Clients include entrepreneur Simon Dolan, Duncan Bannatyne; the Ann Summers retail chain businesswoman Jacqueline Gold and hedge funds IKOS and Elliot Management.

Others clients have included Lotus cars, UFC; Sir Fred Goodwin; Victor Chandler International; and West Ham United.

The agency, which started with one client (Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills), now has 60 active business and high-profile individuals on their books and employs 55 staff at its office in Soho, London.

Not to be confused with another PR professional named Phil Hall who established UK based Hall PR in 2009.


  1. ^ The Times 8 January 2010, Retrieved 2010-01-09
  2. ^ "News of the World editor quits", BBC News, 23 May 2000
  3. ^ PHA Media, PHA Media.
Media offices
Preceded by
Paul Connew
Deputy Editor of the News of the World
Succeeded by
Rebekah Wade
Preceded by
Piers Morgan
Editor of the News of the World
Succeeded by
Rebekah Wade