Andrew Paul Gilligan (born 22 November 1968) is a British journalist and radio presenter. In 2003, he produced a report on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme in which he said a British government briefing paper on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction (the September Dossier) had been 'sexed up'.
Early life and education
Gilligan was born in Teddington, London and was educated at Grey Court School, Kingston College of Further Education and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he studied history and was news editor of the student newspaper Varsity. He was also a member of Cambridge Universities Labour Club.
In 1999, he was recruited by the editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Rod Liddle, as Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent. In May 2003, Gilligan made a broadcast in which he claimed that the British Government had "sexed up" a report in order to exaggerate the WMD capabilities of Saddam Hussein. Gilligan resigned from the BBC in 2004, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, after Lord Hutton questioned the reliability of Gilligan's evidence. Gilligan described the BBC collectively as the victim of a "grave injustice".
Later in 2004, Gilligan joined the London Evening Standard. He was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2008 for his work on the London Mayoral elections, described as "relentless investigative journalism at its best".
On 22 November 2011, Gilligan criticised the Leveson Inquiry in an appearance before the House of Lords communications committee. When asked about the main threats to investigative journalism in the foreseeable future, he argued "The most important threat is official restraint, by which I mean libel and privacy law, state surveillance, and the potential threat posed by the Leveson inquiry." He wrote that the public still trusted the press, and in the wake of the BBC's false linking of child abuse to Lord McAlpine he suggested Lord Leveson should take note. Gilligan was cited in a submission to the Leveson enquiry.
In January 2013, Gilligan was appointed as the Cycling Commissioner for London by the Mayor, Boris Johnson. Accusations of "cronyism" were made following the appointment as Gilligan was considered instrumental in toppling the Mayor's main rival Ken Livingstone.
Press TV controversy
Gilligan presented a fortnightly programme for Press TV, the Iranian government's English-language TV channel. Rod Liddle challenged Gilligan in July 2009 about working for an "international propaganda channel run by the Iranian government". Gilligan stopped his regular show in December 2009, though he appeared twice more on the network just before the UK's May 2010 general election. Gilligan attributed his decision to leave to the politics of Iran "that was inconsistent with my opposition to Islamism. I have not worked for Press TV since."
- "Andrew Gilligan". Telegraph. 20 July 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Gilligan's report 'unfounded'". BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
- Brook, Stephen (19 June 2009). "Andrew Gilligan to join the Telegraph". Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Profile: Andrew Gilligan". bbc.co.uk. 30 January 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "About Varsity". varsity.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Is it really grim up north? Andrew Gilligan
- "David Kelly: timeline". Telegraph. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "'I have considerable doubts as to how reliable this journalist's evidence is'". Telegraph. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Gilligan quits BBC over Hutton row BBC
- "Gilligan offered job by the Spectator". Spectator. 11 February 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "Dinner at Luigi's". Guardian. 11 January 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "Andrew Gilligan: My war with Ken Livingstone". Independent. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "British Press Awards: Andrew Gilligan named journalist of the year". Press Gazette. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Andrew Gilligan Telegraph blogs
- "Dispatches – Britain's Islamic Republic". Channel 4. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Leveson inquiry criticised by Daily Telegraph's Andrew Gilligan John Plunkett
- Investigative journalism: my testimony to the Lords' select committee Andrew Gilligan
- Trust in the press has not died Andrew Gilligan
- Newsnight was wrong, the BBC more so Andrew Gilligan
- "Submission by the East London Mosque" (PDF). Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- "Andrew Gilligan to be London’s ‘cycling commissioner’". The Times. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- Hugh Muir and Adam Bienkov. "Boris Johnson triggers fresh cronyism claims with Andrew Gilligan job | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- New job for Andrew Gilligan ITV
- Boris Johnson offers Andrew Gilligan role as cycling commissioner New Statesman
- "Andrew Gilligan on LBC". Lbc.audioagain.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- Mehdi Hasan (22 November 2010). "The truth about Andrew Gilligan". New Statesman (London).
- "Mehdi Hasan: New Statesman's senior editor makes up quote". The Telegraph (London). 22 November 2010.