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Martin Dunn, editor of the New York Daily News and formerly editor of Today, is to join Associated Newspapers, the publishing group run by Sir David English, to oversee the company's television and new media interests.

According to company sources, he is to become editor of Harmsworth New Media, a division of Associated, and will be in charge of the development of the company's pay-TV channels and its electronic publishing operations. Associated, which publishes the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, owns Channel One, the cable-exclusive news channel, and plans to launch a new women's channel next year.

Mr Dunn began his Street at the Daily Mail, before joining Rupert Murdoch's Sun. He edited two US newspapers, the Boston Herald and the Daily News, before being headhunted by Associated.