Bill Hagerty is a former national newspaper journalist, mainly with Mirror Group Newspapers. After writing on showbusiness for the Daily Mirror, travelling the world to interview major film and music stars of the day, he was at various times an assistant editor on all three of the Group’s titles – the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People. Leaving the Group in 1985, he ran the features department and then the Sunday edition of Today newspaper before rejoining Mirror Group in 1987 as deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror. He filled the same role at the Daily Mirror before editing The People, 1991-92.
Since then he has reviewed film and theatre for a number of newspapers and magazines, written extensively on the media and acted as a consultant for Tribune. Since 2002 he has edited the British Journalism Review, a forum for the international news media. He currently also reviews theatre for The Sun and is editing Alastair Campbell’s Downing Street diaries for publication in four volumes. He recently was appointed to the editorial committee of the London Evening Standard.
Bill is married to the journalist Liz Vercoe and they have a teenage son, Adam. Bill also has two grown children – his son, Will, is a senior executive at The Sun – and two small grandsons.