Tom Newton Dunn joins Rupert Murdoch’s fledgling TalkTV channel

The new venture is due to launch in early 2022.

Alex Green
Monday 10 January 2022 12:49
Tom Newton Dunn (News UK/PA)
Tom Newton Dunn (News UK/PA)

The Sun’s former political editor is set to join Rupert Murdoch’s TalkTV channel, presenting a weeknight news and current affairs programme

Tom Newton Dunn is the latest signing to the new venture from News UK, after Piers Morgan announced he was joining the channel in September.

The move means he is stepping down as chief political commentator of Times Radio with immediate effect, but will continue to host its Sunday morning politics show T&G until TalkTV’s launch in early 2022.

Newton Dunn’s new show will “give viewers the news that matters to them in a straight and balanced way” and feature News UK’s stable of journalists from The Times’ political team, The Sun’s showbiz desk and TalkSport’s correspondents.

It will broadcast Monday to Friday from News UK’s headquarters at London Bridge and Caitlin Black, formerly a senior producer at Good Morning Britain, will serve as series editor.

Newton Dunn, who was political editor of The Sun for more than a decade until 2020, will also be the programme’s executive editor.

He said: “I’ve been incredibly lucky to play a part in major new media innovations, from the birth of Sun Online to most recently Times Radio, which has reset the dial on what quality news radio can achieve, and I’m pleased to be still playing a part on the station.

“The chance to be at the helm of a new primetime news programme on an innovative new TV channel though really is a career dream come true.

“We want to bring viewers high quality news in a fresh and different way that best serves them.

“We can’t wait to start.”

Morgan welcomed the news, writing on Twitter: “Great signing. One of the smartest journalists in Britain. Welcome aboard Tom, and great to be working with you again!”

Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News UK, said: “As we evolve our programming ahead of launch, making high profile hires on and off air, I am delighted that Tom is joining Piers in our prime time line-up.

“Tom’s scoops have led the news agenda on many occasions over two decades, both for The Sun and latterly for Times Radio.”

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