Victoria Newton: My Life In Media

What inspired you to start a career in the media?

As a teenager I was obsessed with current affairs and politics and an avid reader of newspapers. While I was studying for my degree, I worked on the student paper and wrote to every national newspaper begging for a job.

When you were 15 years old, what was the family newspaper and did you read it?

My parents always got The Guardian so I read that, and also the Daily Mirror because my dad liked their football coverage. I automatically turned to Rick Sky's showbiz gossip column.

And what were your favourite TV and radio programmes?

I don't think I ever missed an episode of Top of the Pops and I loved Spitting Image. I seem to remember bunking off lessons to watch Scott and Charlene in Neighbours because it was on during the daytime then. I always listened to the Radio 1 breakfast show.

What media do you turn to first thing in the morning?

I read The Sun first to check what has changed in later editions overnight. Sometimes I will have changed my column to include pictures or stories from a film premiere or a party.

Do you consult any media sources during the working day?

It's my job to keep on top of what is going on in the showbiz world throughout the day and night, so I'm constantly reading the wires, checking out what's going on in LA and New York. I monitor all the showbiz gossip websites and read as many magazines as possible. The Drudge Report [a news website] is a must, too.

What's the best thing about your job?

When I first started on the showbiz beat, I couldn't believe that I could go to the best parties, drink free champagne and mingle with A-list celebrities. Ten years later, I still can't believe it. And the really great thing now I edit Bizarre is that if any of them behave like idiots, my revenge is very swift, and very public.

And the worst?

Coming into the office the next day when you've been out until 4am stalking celebrities. You can't come in late with a hangover from all the free booze and get away with it.

What is the proudest achievement in your working life?

My proudest achievement was getting my hands on Bizarre. It was always my dream job, and I feel privileged to be editing Britain's No 1 showbiz column. You only have to look at some of the brilliantly talented journalists who have edited Bizarre - Piers Morgan, Andy Coulson and Dominic Mohan in particular.

And your most embarrassing moment?

Falling down the stairs in front of Madonna and Guy Ritchie at a party. It was the exclusive launch of her album Music at a club in Los Angeles, and it was packed with celebrities. Gwen Stefani was there, as were Jason Statham and Kelly Brook. Vinnie Jones had to help me up from the bottom of the stairs. Nothing to do with the free champagne, of course - all to do with the high heels.

At home, what do you tune in to?

I'm hardly ever in during the week to watch much TV as I'm out at parties and clubs, or meeting contacts at restaurants looking for stories. I watch as many Liverpool matches as I can, watch the news on all channels and as much reality TV as I can bear so I can keep up to date with the people I write about.

What is your Sunday paper and do you have a favourite magazine?

The News of the World is my Sunday paper of choice - it's a must-read. I usually turn to Glamour magazine, purely to find out what I should be wearing.

Who in the media do you most admire and why?

It would take up too many column inches to go through them all. But at The Sun I believe I am working with the most talented journalists in the business.

Name the one career ambition you want to realise before you retire.

I'd like to break the story that John Lennon is, in fact, alive and well - and to get the first interview.

If you didn't work in the media, what would you do?

I'm obsessed with the media and couldn't imagine life without being involved in the industry (apart from being the first female manager of Liverpool football club).

The CV

1993 Arrives on Fleet Street as a graduate trainee with the Daily Express.

1995 Begins the showbiz beat at The People.

1998 Edits The Sun's Bizarre pages together with Dominic Mohan, before becoming the paper's LA correspondent in 1999, where she breaks the story of Catherine Zeta-Jones's pregnancy.

2002 Becomes the Daily Mail's showbiz editor.

2003 Gets back the editorship of Bizarre as well as the title of assistant editor (showbiz) across the whole paper.

2005 Breaks the story that Live8 was to take place in London's Hyde Park.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Arts and Entertainment
Attenborough with the primates
tvWhy BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
News
people
News
Campbell: ‘Sometimes you have to be economical with the truth’
newsFormer spin doctor says MPs should study tactics of leading sports figures like José Mourinho
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Sport
Wes Brown is sent-off
football
Voices
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC
voicesBeware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Life and Style
Alexander McQueen's AW 2009/10 collection during Paris Fashion Week
fashionMeet the collaborators who helped create the late designer’s notorious spectacles
News
i100
News
Perry says: 'Psychiatrists give help because they need help. You would not be working in mental health if you didn't have a curiosity about how the mind works.'
people
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Ashdown Group: Junior Business Systems Analyst - High Wycombe - £30,000

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Junior Business Systems Analyst role...

Guru Careers: Talent Manager

£30-35k (P/T - Pro Rata) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienc...

Sauce Recruitment: New Media Marketing Manager - EMEA - Digital Distribution

£35000 - £45000 per annum + up to £45,000: Sauce Recruitment: The Internation...

Recruitment Genius: Marketing / PR / Social Media Executive

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A thriving online media busines...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?