Newton Dunn replaces Pascoe-Watson at Sun - Press Gazette

Newton Dunn replaces Pascoe-Watson at Sun

Sun political editor George Pascoe-Watson has left journalism after 22 years with the News International red-top to enter the world of political lobbying and PR.

He has been political editor since December 2005 after several years being groomed for the top job by his predecessor in the role Trevor Kavanagh.

Pascoe-Watson’s shoes at The Sun are now going to be filled by the paper’s defence correspondent Tom Newton Dunn.

He is joining Portland PR as a partner. The company boasted last night in a press release that Pascoe-Watson had, as political editor, been invited by Conservative leader David Cameron to give private briefings to the Shadow Cabinet on their media strategy.

Pascoe-Watson will now advise on media and public affairs issues and write a political insight column for Portland clients.

Portland was founded by former adviser to Tony Blair Tim Allan in 2001.

Portland says that it uses its “knowledge of Westminster, Whitehall, Fleet Street and beyond to ensure our clients get their messages across to the audiences that matter”.

It says: “Portland’s strength is in explaining complex and often controversial issues to key decision-makers and opinion-formers. We understand the interplay between politics and the media and can advise our clients on how to develop and implement strategies to communicate effectively to all their key audiences.”

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5 thoughts on “Newton Dunn replaces Pascoe-Watson at Sun”

  1. Is GPW masquerading as “Lobbywatcher”?! Only a complete tool, or his successor, could write with a straight face “there is no bigger or more influential job than the Sun Pol Ed”. Hilarious. So, those three stories on page 2 – opposite a naked women’s breasts on page 3 – is that big and that influential. I think not.

  2. Well, the politicians themselves seem to regard it as a big and influential job, or they would not have spent so much time sucking up to Kavanagh and GPW over the past two decades.It’s a common mistake to regard The Sun as a paper that puts tits and bums above politics – but that old Yes Minister gag claiming that Sun readers “don’t care who runs the country as long as they’ve got big tits” is about 30 years out of date. The Sun is in fact an intensely political paper with a huge amount of political influence. If that were not the case, why else would the rest of the media make such a great deal of fuss over its decision to switch allegiance from Labour to the Tories?And no, I am not GPW, just a reasonably experienced observer of the Westminster scene.

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