Richard Wallace (journalist)

For other people named Richard Wallace, see Richard Wallace (disambiguation).

Richard Wallace (born 1961) was the editor of British newspaper the Daily Mirror until May 2012.

Wallace began his Fleet Street career working for the Daily Mail and The Sun.[1] In 1990 he joined the Daily Mirror.[2] During Piers Morgan's editorship of the paper he became show business editor[2] before becoming head of news in 2000.[3] Notable among Wallace's scoops was the news that actor Ross Kemp was leaving the BBC soap opera EastEnders in favour of working for rival channel ITV.[4] He was also responsible for the creation of the gossip columnists The 3AM Girls.[4] In 2002 he swapped jobs with the paper's New York editor, Andy Lines.[1] Ten months later, in 2003, he became deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror.[5] Wallace was appointed editor of the Daily Mirror in 2004 on the dismissal of well-known editor Piers Morgan for publishing false images of British soldiers in Iraq.[6] He was named GQ Editor of the Year in 2006. The Daily Mirror was named Newspaper of The Year at the What the Papers Say Awards in December 2006[7] and again at the London Press Club awards in May 2007.

In May 2012, Wallace was sacked as editor of the Daily Mirror "with immediate effect".[8]

In September 2012 he joined Simon Cowell's entertainment company Syco as a consultant. In 2013 Cowell appointed Wallace Syco's Executive Producer on the company's hit show America's Got Talent.


  1. 1 2 Jessica Hodgson (21 May 2002). "Wallace and Lines swap jobs at the Mirror". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Media Guardian 100 : 61. Richard Wallace". The Guardian. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  3. "Wallace appointed Mirror head of news". The Guardian. 3 October 2000. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. 1 2 "Media Guardian Top 100 (2004) : 44. Richard Wallace". The Guardian. 12 July 2004. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. Mirror names NY correspondents (27 May 2003). "Mirror names NY correspondents". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  6. "Daily Mirror unveils new editor". BBC News. 17 June 2004. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  7. "Mirror takes top What the Papers Say award". The Guardian. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  8. "Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror editors lose their jobs", BBC News, 30 May 2012
Media offices
Preceded by
Mark Thomas
Deputy Editor of the Sunday Mirror
Succeeded by
James Scott
Preceded by
Piers Morgan
Editor of the Daily Mirror
Succeeded by
Lloyd Embley

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