News UK appoints Tony Gallagher as editor of The Times

News UK appoints Gallagher as editor of The Times
In brief

News UK has appointed Tony Gallagher as editor of The Times.

He replaces John Witherow who has been editor since 2013 but has been absent in recent months due to illness.

As acting editor in June, Gallagher ran a news story about Boris Johnson allegedly trying to install his then mistress Carrie Symonds into a Foreign Office role while he was Foreign Secretary. After Gallagher pulled the story from a later edition without explanation, the story attracted worldwide attention and called his decision into question.

Gallagher first joined the The Times in 2020 as deputy editor, and previously was editor-in-chief of The Sun from 2015.

Prior to The Sun, he was deputy editor at the Daily Mail and served as editor of the Daily Telegraph between 2009 and 2014.

Gallagher said of his appointment: “I am acutely conscious of the heritage of The Times but the title also has an exciting future. We have made significant strides with our digital transition — and there are more to come — but world-class storytelling will always be at the heart of what we do.”

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