The Sun promotes former head of showbiz Dan Wootton to executive editor - Press Gazette

The Sun promotes former head of showbiz Dan Wootton to executive editor

The Sun associate editor and former head of showbiz Dan Wootton has been promoted to executive editor.

Wootton, who was named Showbiz Reporter of the Year for the third time at last night Press Awards, will also host a new weekly slot on TalkRadio.

In his new role, which he will begin once a successor is found, Wootton will join The Sun’s editorial rota and launch a new weekly showbiz column.

He said: “Editing the Bizarre column has been my dream job, but I’ve got a great team in place and know it’s the right time to move onto new responsibilities at The Sun.

“I’m very excited about launching a new Saturday entertainment column and a weekend show at Talk Radio, as well as continuing my podcast and big interviews for the newspaper.”

His exclusive interviews in the past year include Ed Sheeran and Celine Dion, and he got the first interview with Ant McPartlin after the TV presenter’s exit from rehab.

Wootton, pictured with One Direction’s Niall Horan, joined The Sun on Sunday in July 2013 and became head of showbiz and editor of the Bizarre column a year later.

In February 2016, he was promoted to associate editor and launched the Bizarre TV column.

Previously, he has been showbiz editor at the News of the World, TV columnist at the Daily Mail and editor at large at Now Magazine.

He has also been the showbiz correspondent for ITV’s lifestyle and entertainment show Lorraine for the past nine years.



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2 thoughts on “The Sun promotes former head of showbiz Dan Wootton to executive editor”

  1. Dan Wootton has consistently, over a period of almost a decade, launched targeted smear campaigns – sometimes in the paper but more often on his Twitter page – against black celebrities who he accuses of not being ‘humble’ or ‘grateful’ enough about their success. Essentially, he labels any black TV or music personality with any confidence at all ‘uppity’. His most recent victim was Alexandra Burke, against whom he ran a venal campaign saying she shouldn’t win Strictly Come Dancing because she was ‘too cocky’, even though she was nothing but humble and polite on the show.

    As far back as 2010, he posted constant attacks against X Factor contestant John Adeleye, accusing him of not being grateful enough to be on the show. Then, seconds after he was eliminated, Wootton tweeted at him not to expect any press coverage because ‘We don’t want you in our papers’. He was also instrumental in the devastating smear campaign against another X Factor contestant, Misha B. These are just a few examples.

    In addition to consistently targeting black celebrities, he has repeatedly used the threat of outing gay male celebrities in unpleasant ways as a means to strong-arm them into giving him exclusive coming out interviews. Jaymi Hensley from Union J attacked Wootton quite recently for doing it to George Shelley, but he’s also done it to Joe McElderry, Duncan James and others.

    He should be sacked, not promoted.

  2. In his contribution to the final edition of the News of the World, Wootton produced one of the most disgraceful, self-serving pieces of self-puffery ever to make it to newsprint. While every other journalist on the paper did their best to produce a memorable last edition, he filled his pages with ludicrous and cringe-inducing personal PR. In the days after Rebekah Brooks managed to collapse a paper that had survived more than one and a half centuries, he became her principal apologist – much to the disgust of his colleagues. He was rewarded for his crawling by being saved from the axe wielded on the rest of the NOTW’s staff. The most undeserving promotion in The Sun’s long history.

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