Tony Gallagher

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Tony Gallagher
Education Finchley Catholic High School
Alma mater
Occupation journalist

Tony Gallagher (born 2 November 1963) is a British journalist. He is joint deputy editor of the Daily Mail, and a former editor of The Daily Telegraph.[1]


Gallagher attended Finchley Catholic High School and Bristol University and then City University London. He began his career as a trainee journalist at the Southern Evening Echo in Southampton in 1985,[2] and then moved to the South West News Agency in Bristol in 1987.[3] He joined Today in 1988, and then became a reporter at the Daily Mail in 1990.[2] He attracted attention for his Princess Diana-related exclusives. He later became News Editor and finally Assistant Editor in 2006.[2] He joined The Daily Telegraph in October 2006 as Head of News.[3] He became deputy editor in September 2007.[2][3]

As deputy editor, Gallagher took the lead on exclusives relating to the MPs' expenses scandal. In November 2009, he was promoted to editor.[2][4]

Gallagher's skills as a newsman and his work ethic are admired by his colleagues, but his hardman management style similar to that inflicted on him as a young journalist is less appreciated.[3][5]

Gallagher relinquished his post with immediate effect in January 2014.[6] The following April he became joint deputy editor of the Daily Mail and shares the role with John Steafel.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is a fan of West Ham United FC, a team he came to support because his father worked in London's East End. He is married with three children.[8]


  1. ^ Dominic Ponsford "Former Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher returns to Daily Mail as joint deputy editor", Press Gazette, 16 April 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e Gallagher, Tony (14 October 2011). "Witness Statement of Tony Gallagher" (PDF). Leveson Inquiry. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d James Robinson, "Profile: Tony Gallagher, Daily Telegraph editor", The Guardian, 30 November 2009
  4. ^ Stephen Glover, "Stephen Glover: Telegraph's new hardman finishes Barclay revolution", The Independent, 30 November 2009
  5. ^ James Robinson and Stephen Brook (26 November 2009). "Telegraph tough guy Tony Gallagher replaces Will Lewis as editor". London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Fred McConnell "Tony Gallagher exits as Daily Telegraph editor",, 21 January 2013
  7. ^ Tara Conlan and Lisa O'Carroll "Tony Gallagher appointed Daily Mail joint deputy editor",, 16 April 2014
  8. ^ Colin Randall, "
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Preceded by
Ian MacGregor
Deputy Editor of the
Daily Telegraph

Succeeded by
Benedict Brogan
Preceded by
William Lewis
Editor of
The Daily Telegraph

Succeeded by
Chris Evans
Ian MacGregor
Preceded by
John Steafel
(sole deputy editor)
Joint Deputy Editor of the
Daily Mail

Succeeded by
(with John Steafel)