Dan Wootton

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Dan Wootton
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Born Daniel Wootton
2 March 1983 (1983-03-02) (age 35)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Occupation Journalist and broadcaster
Television Daybreak (2011–2012)
Lorraine (2011—)
Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2015—2018)

Dan Wootton (born 2 March 1983) is a New Zealand-born journalist and broadcaster. In 2007, he joined the News of the World. In 2013, he joined The Sun on Sunday and became editor of the Bizarre column the following year. In February 2016, he became associate editor of The Sun and in March 2018 was promoted to executive editor.[1]

Wootton has made appearances as a show business presenter on the ITV Breakfast shows Lorraine and Daybreak. Since 2015 he has also been a regular contributor and panellist on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

Biography

Wootton grew up in Lower Hutt, a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand and attended Naenae College and Victoria University, where he obtained a media studies and political science degree.[2][3] He started his career as a journalist in his native New Zealand, writing an entertainment column for the Wellington-based broadsheet newspaper The Dominion Post and was also a reporter for the daily television show Good Morning.[4] He came to the United Kingdom when he was 21, and after a spell working for trade magazines, he found a job with Broadcast magazine.[5]

Wootton joined the News of the World TV team in February 2007,[6] becoming TV editor in November 2007,[7] and show-business editor in November 2008 until its closure in July 2011,[8][9] when he then became a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Mail and editor-at-large for Now magazine.[10][11] In 2013, Wootton joined The Sun newspaper launching a new column on Sundays.[12] He was made editor of the newspaper's Bizarre column in 2014,[13] and promoted to associate editor (showbiz and TV) in 2016.[14] He was named 'Showbiz reporter of the year' at the 2010, 2013 and 2018 British Press Awards.[15][16]

Wootton also makes appearances as a show business presenter on ITV's morning show Lorraine and has been a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live.[17]

He also hosts a weekly talkRadio show called Dan's Dilemmas.

References

  1. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte. "The Sun promotes former head of showbiz Dan Wootton to executive editor". pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  2. ^ Manson, Bess (29 January 2011). "Dan Wootton". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Raised in Avalon in Lower Hutt and educated at Naenae College and Victoria University...
  3. ^ "Inspiring Kiwi". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Armed with a media studies and political science degree from Victoria University in Wellington...
  4. ^ Gallagher, Rachael (7 November 2008). "Dan Wootton starts as NoW showbiz columnist". Press Gazette. Retrieved 22 March 2016. New Zealand born Wootton wrote a daily entertainment column for Wellington-based national newspaper The Dominion Post and was a reporter for TV show Good Morning, before leaving New Zealand to move to London
  5. ^ Everett, Charlotte (11 August 2013). "How NZer Dan Wootton became a UK household name". NZNEWSUK. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ Brook, Stephen (30 January 2007). "Hamilton jumps showbiz ship". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016. And Broadcast reporter Dan Wootton is to join Rachel Richardson's TV team at the News of the World.
  7. ^ Brook, Stephen (23 November 2007). "Dickinson becomes NoW US editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016. The News of the World also said today it had promoted Dan Wootton, who joined the News of the World in February, to be TV editor.
  8. ^ Gallagher, Rachael (7 November 2008). "Dan Wootton starts as NoW showbiz columnist". Press Gazette. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Wootton, at 25, has taken over as showbiz editor and the paper claims he is the youngest showbiz columnist in the UK
  9. ^ "NoW showbiz editor Dan Wootton: Nobody expected this". BBC News. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. ^ Sweney, Mark (31 October 2011). "Dan Wootton to join Daily Mail". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  11. ^ Burrell, Ian (19 December 2011). "News of the World outcasts still appear to have their friends in prime places". The Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2016. [Dan Wootton] has since been snapped up by the Daily Mail, while he also writes a column for the showbiz magazine Now and appears as a pundit on the ITV show Lorraine.
  12. ^ Halliday, Josh (5 July 2013). "Dan Wootton to join the Sun on Sunday". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  13. ^ Conlan, Tara (3 July 2014). "Sun appoints showbiz columnist Dan Wootton to edit revamped Bizarre". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  14. ^ Greenslade, Roy. "Gordon Smart leaves Scotland to be the Sun's deputy editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Dan Wootton has been promoted to associate editor (showbiz and TV) and will be responsible for running the Bizarre column plus a new section called Bizarre TV.
  15. ^ "British Press Awards 2010: Full list of winners". Press Gazette. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  16. ^ "The Guardian crowned newspaper of the year at Press Awards – full list of winners". Press Gazette. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  17. ^ Sweney, Mark (31 October 2011). "Dan Wootton to join Daily Mail". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Wootton held discussions with ITV which resulted in his role as showbusiness reporter for the Lorraine Kelly show becoming formalised [...] Wootton also ... is a regular contributor to Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire's shows on BBC Radio 5 Live

External links

  • Dan Wootton on IMDb
  • Dan on Lorraine
  • Dan Wootton on Twitter


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