Gallagher joined The Times in 2020 as deputy editor and previously served as editor-in-chief of The Sun from 2015
The new editor joined The Sun from the Daily Mail where he was deputy editor. From 2009-2014 he was editor of the Daily Telegraph.
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman News Corp, said: “Tony is an exceptional editor with an expert and experienced eye on creating the best news package. His deft approach will be an asset to The Times in the years ahead.”
Robert Thomson, chief executive News Corp, added: “Tony is a journalist of integrity and ingenuity.
“He cherishes the objective of objectivity and has a sophisticated understanding of contemporary digital content at a moment of extraordinary opportunity for The Times, whose reach and resonance grow with each passing day.”
Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, said: “Tony has a peerless record of leadership across Fleet St and, as deputy editor of The Times, he has shown tremendous skill, commitment and passion.
“I know he will approach the editorship with great energy. Tony’s dedication to journalism and exceptional storytelling will make him a great leader for the paper as it continues to evolve.”
Tony Gallagher said: “I am delighted and enormously proud to take on the editorship of The Times, the first paper I subscribed to as a teenage schoolboy. 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. With the most talented newsroom on Fleet Street, I am confident we can succeed in delivering for Times readers.
“Thank you to Rupert, Robert and Rebekah for their faith in me.”
Chris Longcroft, EVP, Publisher, Times Newspapers, added: “The Times is in its strongest financial position for decades, which allows us to invest in our digital business as we grow subscriptions and grow advertising.
“With Tony as editor, our newsroom, our readers and our future readers are in very capable hands.”