Allan Hall (journalist)
Born in Hemsworth, Hall began his career in journalism with the Newcastle Journal, but soon moved to London. By the age of 27 he became editor of the Sunday Graphic for a year, then in 1959 became managing editor of the News Chronicle. In 1960, both papers closed, and Hall began writing a gossip column for the Daily Herald.
Hall remained a columnist as the Herald became The Sun, but left in 1969 when Rupert Murdoch bought the paper. He joined the Sunday Times, where he launched a lifestyle section before taking over the "Atticus" diary column. Having long had an interest in wine, being known for spending long lunches in the Connaught Rooms, he convinced editor Harold Evans to launch the Sunday Times Wine Club. By now writing regularly about wine, Hall decided in 1972 to organise an annual race to bring Beaujolais Nouveau to Britain. This race, which became a reality in 1974, was later replicated in other countries, and by the 1980s attracted widespread interest.
In 1980, Hall moved to work for James Goldsmith's magazine NOW!, during which time he hosted a lunch at which fine wines were served. For this one meal he claimed, and was paid, expenses of more than £11,000. The magazine closed the following year, after which Hall retired to Suffolk, selling wine and offering tasting sessions. He continued writing about wine on a freelance basis, and organised wine tours of France.
- Douglas Martin, "Allan Hall, 71, Journalist Who Inspired Beaujolais Race", New York Times, 3 May 2001
- Michael Leapman, "Allan Hall", The Independent, 30 April 2001
|Editor of the Sunday Graphic