Tom Newton Dunn
Born
Thomas Zoltan Newton Dunn

(1973-12-16) 16 December 1973 (age 47)
St Pancras, London, England
EducationMarlborough College
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationJournalist
Years active1996–present
EmployerTimes Radio
Spouse(s)
Dominie Moss
(m. 2004)
Children2
Parents

Thomas Zoltan Newton Dunn[1] (born 16 December 1973), known as Tom Newton Dunn, is an English broadcast journalist and former newspaper journalist. Since 2020 he has been chief political commentator at Times Radio, and co-presented the station's Sunday morning politics programme "G&T" with Gloria de Piero until de Piero left in May 2021.[2] He was the political editor of The Sun from 2009 to 2020, having previously worked for ten years as a defence journalist and foreign reporter.

Before joining Times Radio, Newton Dunn regularly appeared on the BBC and Sky News, and was one of the hosts of BBC Radio 4's Week in Westminster. He also appeared on the now-defunct What the Papers Say.

Early life and family

Newton Dunn was born in St Pancras, London, to Bill Newton Dunn, a Conservative and later Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament, and his Hungarian-born wife Anna Arki.

He was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire[3] and the University of Edinburgh, receiving an MA Honours degree in English Literature.

Between 2005 and 2014, his mother ran the European Movement Speaker Service, which provided "Pro Europe speakers for educational establishments and civic societies to debate all aspects of Britain's membership of the EU".[4] His father, who was a strong supporter of the UK adopting the Euro currency, defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in 2000 due to the party's Euroscepticism.[5]

Career

Newton Dunn joined The Daily Telegraph as a diary reporter for the Peterborough column in 1996, moving to the Daily Mirror to join its graduate trainee scheme the following year. He spent several years (1999–2001) with the Mirror as a news reporter, before being made the paper's defence correspondent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and covering the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.

In 2004, he moved to The Sun as the paper's defence editor. He was promoted to the role of political editor there in 2009, although it was intended for him to remain involved in the title's defence coverage.[6]

During his time at The Sun, he was a broadcast commentator on politics, appearing on BBC Two's Sunday Politics programme, and occasionally hosting BBC Radio 4's The Week in Westminster. Newton Dunn has also been a panellist on Any Questions?, and reviewed the papers on Sky News. Before the programme's demise he sometimes hosted What the Papers Say.

Newton Dunn left The Sun to become a presenter and chief political commentator at the newly-formed Times Radio in summer 2020. He was replaced as political editor by Harry Cole.[7]

In March 2021 Newton Dunn began writing a weekly political column for the Evening Standard in the slot left vacant by the departure of editor-in-chief George Osborne.[8]

Awards

Newton Dunn won the Scoop of the Year award at the 2008 British Press Awards for revealing the cockpit tapes behind the Matty Hull friendly fire incident.[9] He also won Scoop of the Year for the Matty Hull friendly fire incident story at the 2007 What The Papers Say Awards.[10]

In 2015, he won the Politics Journalism award at the annual British Journalism Awards[11] for revealing the Plebgate scandal, which was successfully defended from a libel suit brought by Conservative MP and former Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. He was threatened with arrest by the police if he didn't reveal his sources for Plebgate and did not do so.[12][13]

Far-right conspiracy incident

In December 2019, Newton Dunn wrote an article for The Sun titled "'HIJACKED LABOUR'", in which he reported that former British intelligence officers had produced a chart alleging that "Jeremy Corbyn is at the centre of an extraordinary network of hard-left extremists".[14][15][16] It later emerged that the ultimate sources for these claims included the antisemitic, far-right websites Aryan Unity and the Millennium Report, the latter described by Vice as "an antisemitic conspiracy site known for publishing articles with titles like, 'The Jewish Hand in World Wars'".[17][18][19] The 'HIJACKED LABOUR' thesis was described as a "far-right conspiracy theory" by Daniel Trilling in The Guardian.[18] The left-wing magazines Tribune and Jacobin argued that such articles were a danger to journalists and those on the political left, with Jacobin calling the chart a "hit list".[19][20] Newton Dunn's article was deleted on the same day of its publication, without comment from him or his newspaper.[18][17] The Independent Press Standards Organisation subsequently confirmed to The Guardian that it had received a complaint concerning the piece, and Peter Geoghegan of openDemocracy expressed his strong concern at his organisation being named as part of this alleged network.[21]

Publications

Newton Dunn has ghost-written two non-fiction books by military veterans:

References

  1. ^ "Find My Past". Search.findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  2. ^ "The Sun's Tom Newton Dunn joins Times Radio".
  3. ^ Millett, Tony (19 July 2013). "Summer school question time: after Mandela, after that royal birth – and the costs of old age". Marlborough News.
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  5. ^ "UK news in brief". The Guardian. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  6. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (15 October 2009). "Sun political editor George Pascoe-Watson to join Tim Allan's PR agency". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (14 May 2020). "Harry Cole named new Sun political editor as Tom Newton Dunn leaves for Times Radio". Press Gazette. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  8. ^ Tom Newton Dunn [@tnewtondunn] (29 March 2021). "Huge shoes to fill, but I'm thrilled to be writing a political column for the @EveningStandard every Wednesday" (Tweet). Retrieved 30 March 2021 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "British Press Awards 2008 - winners". The Guardian. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  10. ^ "What the Papers Say Awards: Full list of winners". The Guardian. 21 December 2007.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Calvert of Sunday Times is Journalist of the Year: British Journalism Awards full list of winners". Press Gazette. London. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ Kakar, Arun (23 January 2018). "Tom Newton Dunn: 'You've got to protect your sources and go to some lengths to do that'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  13. ^ Blanchard, Paul (18 January 2018). "Tom Newton Dunn: Political Editor, The Sun". Media Masters. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  14. ^ Newton Dunn, Tom (7 December 2019). "'HIJACKED LABOUR' Ex-British intelligence officers say Jeremy Corbyn is at the centre of a hard-left extremist network". The Sun. Archived from the original on 7 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  15. ^ Dyer, Henry (20 December 2019). "Mysterious "tnewtondunn" attempts to wipe controversy from Sun political editor's Wikipedia page". Scram. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  16. ^ Butler, James (27 January 2020). "What Happened?". London Review of Books. 42 (3). Tom Newton Dunn, published a map of 'Corbyn’s hard-left extremist network', linking the IRA, Channel 4 journalists, radicalised junior doctors and Jacques Derrida. The piece was silently disappeared shortly after it emerged that it had been sourced from white supremacist and neo-Nazi websites.
  17. ^ a b Rickett, Oscar (9 December 2019). "A History of Labour as a 'Terrifying National Threat'". Vice. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  18. ^ a b c Trilling, Daniel (9 December 2019). "Why did the Sun publish a far-right conspiracy theory?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  19. ^ a b Finn, Daniel (9 December 2019). "The Sun is Going to Get People Killed". Tribune. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  20. ^ Foster, Dawn (11 December 2019). "Something Frightening Is Happening in British Politics". Jacobin. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  21. ^ Waterson, Jim (9 December 2019). "Mail on Sunday made false claims about Labour's tax plans". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
Media offices Preceded byGeorge Pascoe-Watson Political Editor of The Sun2009–2020 Succeeded byHarry Cole