Tom Newton Dunn – The Matrix Database

Tom Newton Dunn and his father Bill, a long-serving Tory/Lib Dem MEP who got his son “a job as a gofer” for his friend John Major

The Matrix Project is an effort to document personal factors that undermine powerful journalists’ claims of objectivity and impartiality. Are factors such as an elite education, establishment connections, personal wealth and interests in rival fields compatible with journalistic integrity? 

This page looks at former Times Radio now TalkTV presenter Tom Newton Dunn. For more information on the database click here.

Education

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Tom Newton Dunn was educated at Marlborough College (source), one of the most expensive independent day schools in Britain. A term at Marlborough cost almost £10,000 in academic year 15/16, when it topped the list of most expensive independent schools (source)

Revolving Door

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“After school we got him a job as a gofer for John Major” – Tom Newton Dunn’s father explaining how he used his influence and connections to get his son valuable political experience (source)

“Establishment” Connections

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Primary

Tom Newton Dunn’s father William Newton Dunn was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for several decades – first for the Conservatives and then for the Liberal Democrats (source)

Tom Newton Dunn’s grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Owen Frank Newton Dunn, OBE (source)

Tom Newton Dunn’s sister Daisy Newton Dunn is a producer for the BBC (source 1, source 2)

Tom Newton Dunn’s wife, Dominie Moss, is the founder of The Return Hub, a headhunting firm “booking the City’s high-flyers a return ticket to work” with a turnover of £1 million a year (source 1, source 2)

Secondary.

Tom Newton Dunn’s father was a close friend of John Major and Tom (see Revolving Door) worked for Major as a result (source)

Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Neither Tom Newton Dunn or TalkTV disclose his salary, however given that Piers Morgan is reported to be earning £50 million over 5 years at TalkTV (source) and Newton Dunn is his “warm up guy”, presenting the first of the channel’s three evening primetime programmes, it seems highly likely that Tom earns a salary significantly above the UK average (listed as £26,193 for 2021 by the Office for National Statistics).

Complaints / apologies / controversies

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Tom Newton Dunn authored the above piece while political editor of the Sun.

Before the end of the day it was published, the story, targetting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, had been removed from the Sun’s website – without acknowledgement or explanation from Newton Dunn or the paper.

Newton Dunn and the Sun drew a great deal of criticism for the piece. “What is particularly worrying about the Sun’s publication of a toxic conspiracy theory,” wrote Daniel Trilling in the Guardian, “is that the story was written by its political editor – a veteran journalist with years of experience as a defence correspondent who appears frequently on the BBC. It’s not good enough for the Sun to simply remove it – the paper needs to apologise, and to explain what it got wrong and why.”

Summary

Tom Newton Dunn is the son of an MEP closely associated with John Major, was educated at one of the most expensive private schools in Britain, is married to a wealthy entrepreneur and published a hit job on Jeremy Corbyn which relied on neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic sources.

Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?

Learn more about the Matrix Project here.

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