Liam Halligan

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Liam Halligan
Born (1969-04-29) 29 April 1969 (age 53)
London, England
  • British
  • Irish
EducationThe John Lyon School
University of Warwick
St Antony's College, Oxford
OccupationEconomist, journalist, broadcaster
EmployerGB News
The Economist
Financial Times
Channel 4 News
The Daily Telegraph
Spouse(s)Lucy Ward
AwardsBritish Press Award, Wincott Award, Business Journalist of the Year Award

Liam James Halligan (born 29 April 1969) is a British economist, journalist, author and broadcaster.[1] He is currently economics and business editor at GB News, where he co-presents a daily show.[2]

Since 2003, Halligan has written a weekly column in The Sunday Telegraph.[3][4] He also presents The Telegraph's weekly Planet Normal podcast.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Halligan was born and grew up in Kingsbury, London.[6] Halligan attended the John Lyon School on a scholarship, where he became head boy.[7]

The first person in his family to attend university, he graduated with a first-class degree in economics from the University of Warwick and went on to gain an MPhil in economics from St Antony's College, Oxford.[8][9]


Economics and policy[edit]

In 1992, following graduation, Halligan joined his former university tutor Robert Skidelsky at The Social Market Foundation, the Westminster-based think tank.[9] He later worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute and in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, USA, as a research economist.[9]

In 1994, Halligan joined the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and moved to Moscow.[9] In Moscow he shared a flat with Dominic Cummings.[10]

Together with other economists from LSE, Oxford and Harvard, he co-founded Russian Economic Trends, an academic journal that published macroeconomic data, analysis and commentary on Russia.[11] He also helped to establish the Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy, an inter-governmental policy advisory group.[12]

Since 1997, Halligan has sat on the Policy Advisory Board of The Social Market Foundation.[13] In 2010, he became a founder member of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), an ESRC-funded research centre at the University of Warwick.[14]

In 2017, Halligan was invited to join an expert advisory committee at the Department for International Trade.[15] He has also testified before a number of Parliamentary committees. In April 2020, he called for the Government to build more social housing.[16] In February 2021, he appeared before the Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee on quantitative easing.[17]

In 2019, he published Home Truths, which argues that the UK's housing shortage deprives vulnerable families of decent social housing.[18]

In 2020, he was shortlisted by the Government for the post of Downing Street TV Press Secretary.[19]


In the early 1990s, Halligan wrote a weekly column for The Moscow Times and covered Russian economics and politics for The Economist and The Economist Intelligence Unit.[20] He also wrote about the Soviet Union for The Wall Street Journal and Euromoney.[21]

In 1996, Halligan was appointed political correspondent at the Financial Times.[9] He covered the 1997 general election and Good Friday Agreement as part of a team led by political editor Robert Peston.[22] He went on to become economics correspondent at Channel 4 News, where he remained until 2006.[1]

From 1999 to 2002, while at Channel 4 News, Halligan wrote a weekly economics column for Sunday Business before moving his column to The Sunday Telegraph.[23] In 2006, he was appointed economics editor at The Sunday Telegraph.[24] From 2008 to 2010, he wrote a monthly column for GQ.[25]

Halligan was a founding panellist on the daily television discussion show CNN Talk.[9] He was a regular panellist on This Week, presented by Andrew Neil.[26] When the BBC axed the programme in 2019, Halligan said the corporation had made a "blindingly obvious mistake".[27]

Since 2004, he has also regularly presented standalone documentaries on Channel 4, including for Dispatches, and sits on the jury of the Royal Television Society's Specialist Journalist award.[28]

In March 2021, Halligan was named as economics and business editor at GB News and co-presenter of a daily lunchtime show with former Labour Party MP Gloria De Piero.[29]

Halligan has also written for New Statesman, Prospect, and UnHerd.[30][31][1] He also writes for The Spectator and The Sun. He has presented shows on LBC and BBC Radio Five Live.[32][33]


Between 2008 to 2013, Halligan was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management, an institutional asset management focussed on the Soviet Union.[11]

Since 2014, Halligan has been a shareholder at Bne IntelliNews, where he is also Editor-at-Large.[34]

Personal life[edit]

He lives with journalist and author Lucy Ward, and they have two daughters and one son together.[35]

Halligan is a citizen of both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In 2012, he was invited to join the Global Irish Network, an advisory board of Irish nationals living outside Ireland.[36] He is also a regular panellist at the Kilkenomics Festival.[37]

In 2016, he was appointed a Governor at John Lyon School.[38] His hobbies include guitar, double bass, traditional Irish music, choral music, film, rowing, and sailing.[1]


As an individual[edit]

For output[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 2020. Groupthink, Brexit and the Future of the BBC. Published in Is The BBC Still In Peril – And Does It Deserve To Be? Bite-Sized Books.[44]
  • 2019. Home Truths: The UK’s Chronic Housing Shortage – How it Happened, Why it Matters and How to Solve It. Biteback.[18]
  • 2017. Clean Brexit: How to Make a Success of Leaving the European Union. Biteback. (with Gerard Lyons)
  • 2012. Africa: The Last True investment Frontier. Published in The EU and Africa. Hurst & Co.[45]
  • 2006. No Choice but Compulsion: Why We Should Be Forced To Save For Old Age. Published in Defusing the Pension Time Bomb. Stockholm Network.[46]
  • 1998. Lessons from Attempted Macroeconomic Stabilisations in Russia. Social Market Foundation/Centre for Transition Economies. (with Robert Skidelsky)[47]
  • 1997. Investment Disincentives in Russia. Communist Economies & Economic Transformation. (with Pavel Teplukhin)[48]
  • 1997. Consumer Price Reforms & Safety Nets in Transition Economies. Published in Fiscal Policy and Economic Reform: Essays in Honor of Vito Tanzi, Blejer M. & T. Ter-Minassian. Routledge (with Ehtisham Ahmad)[49]
  • 1995. Russia's New Parliament: A Business Analysis. Economist Intelligence Unit.[50]
  • 1994. Europe Isn’t Working – Active Labour Market Policies Across the EU. Institute of Community Studies. (with Frank Field)[51]
  • 1993. Beyond Unemployment. Social Market Foundation. (with Robert Skidelsky)[52]
  • 1993. Another Great Depression: Historical Lessons for the 1990s. Social Market Foundation. (with Robert Skidelsky)[53]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • 2021. Britain's £400bn Covid Bill – Who Will Pay? Dispatches. Channel 4.[54]
  • 2020. Britain's Train Hell. Dispatches. Channel 4.[55]
  • 2019. Britain's New-Build Scandal. Dispatches. Channel 4.[56]
  • 2019. HS2: The Great Train Robbery. Dispatches. Channel 4.[57]
  • 2018. Carillion: How to Lose Seven Billion Pounds. Dispatches. Channel 4.[58]
  • 2016. Britain's Home-Building Scandal. Dispatches. Channel 4.[59]
  • 2013. Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction? BBC Radio 4.[60]
  • 2007. NHS – Where Did All the Money Go? Dispatches. Channel 4.[61]
  • 2006. Public Service, Private Profit. Dispatches. Channel 4.[62]
  • 2006. Whose Pension Are You Paying? 30 Minutes. Channel 4.[63]
  • 2004. How Safe Is Your Pension? 30 Minutes. Channel 4.[64]


  • 2020. Neither Confirm Nor Deny.[65]


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  2. ^ "GB News launch date revealed + latest signings and schedule information". Press Gazette. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Telegraph Economic Commentator: Liam Halligan". Sunday Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Press Gazette: British Press Award Winners, 2007". Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Planet Normal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Does Johnson have the guts to tackle the rigged housing market described by Halligan?". Conservative Home. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Governors". John Lyon. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Antonian Magazine: Michaelmas 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
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  10. ^ Spectator article [1]
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  12. ^ Halligan, Liam; Teplukhin, Pavel (1 March 1996). "Investment disincentives in Russia". Communist Economies and Economic Transformation. 8 (1): 29–51. doi:10.1080/14631379608427843. ISSN 1351-4393.
  13. ^ "Our People". Social Market Foundation. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  14. ^ "People". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  15. ^ Zeffman, Henry. "Trade guru Shanker Singham quits over role at lobbying firm". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Building more social housing – Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee – House of Commons". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
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  18. ^ a b "Home Truths". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
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  20. ^ "Land-Reform Fight About Votes | News". The Moscow Times Archive. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  21. ^ Volk, Yevgeny. "The Heritage Foundation". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  22. ^ "James Harding: how the BBC's news chief started life in the FT fast track". The Guardian. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
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  26. ^ "BBC One – This Week, 19/07/2018, Austin and friends review political year – part one". BBC. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
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  29. ^ "GB News reveals line-up of shows with Andrew Neil to host primetime evening news programme". 21 May 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  30. ^ Halligan, Liam (24 October 2005). "The Debt Pandemic". New Statesman. London. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  31. ^ "Prospect Author: Liam Halligan". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  32. ^ "LBC to broadcast election night on air and video". RadioWorks. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  33. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live – Wake Up to Money, 20/08/2007". BBC. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  34. ^ "About Us | bne IntelliNews". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  35. ^ "Our Russian adventure". The Guardian. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  36. ^ "Global Irish Network Forum 2013 – List of Participants". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  37. ^ "Liam Halligan – Kilkenomics Festival". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  38. ^ "Governors". John Lyon. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
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  43. ^ Corner, Speakers. "Liam Halligan – Keynote Speakers | Speakers Corner". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  44. ^ "Is the BBC Still in Peril? | Bite-Sized Books". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  45. ^ The EU and Africa. Hurst & Co. 2012.
  46. ^ Defusing the Pension Time Bomb. Stockholm Network. 2006.
  47. ^ Lessons from Attempted Macroeconomic Stabilisations in Russia. Social Market Foundation. 1998.
  48. ^ Halligan, Liam; Teplukhin, Pavel (1 March 1996). "Investment disincentives in Russia". Communist Economies and Economic Transformation. 8 (1): 29–51. doi:10.1080/14631379608427843. ISSN 1351-4393.
  49. ^ Blejer, Mario I.; Ter-Minassian, Teresa (2002). Fiscal Policy and Economic Reforms: Essays in Honour of Vito Tanzi. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-77529-3.
  50. ^ Russia's New Parliament: A Business Analysis. The Economist. 1995.
  51. ^ Field, Frank; Halligan, Liam; Owen, Matthew (1994). Europe Isn't Working. Institute of Community Studies. ISBN 978-0-9523355-0-4.
  52. ^ Beyond Unemployment. Social Market Foundation. 1993.
  53. ^ Skidelsky, Robert Jacob Alexander; Halligan, Liam (1993). Another Great Depression?: Historical Lessons for the 1990s. Social Market Foundation.
  54. ^ "Britain's £400bn Covid Bill: Dispatches". Channel 4. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  55. ^ "Britain's Train Hell: Dispatches". Channel 4. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  56. ^ "Britain's New Build Scandal: Channel 4 Dispatches | Channel 4". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  57. ^ "HS2: The Great Train Robbery: Channel 4 Dispatches | Channel 4". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  58. ^ "How to Lose Seven Billion Pounds: Dispatches". Channel 4. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  59. ^ "Britain's New Build Scandal: Dispatches". Channel 4. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  60. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Analysis, Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction?". BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  61. ^ "Channel 4 – News – Dispatches – NHS: Where Did All The Money Go?". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  62. ^ "Channel 4 – News – Dispatches – Public Service, Private Profit". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  63. ^ "Whose pension are you paying?". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  64. ^ "Dispatches: Is Your Pension Safe? | Channel 4". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  65. ^ "Neither Confirm Nor Deny". DOC NYC. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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