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Dan Wootton
Wootton in 2017
Daniel John William Wootton

2 March 1983 (1983-03-02) (age 38)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
OccupationJournalist, broadcaster
TelevisionDaybreak (2011–2012)
Lorraine (2011–2019)
Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2015–2018)
GB News (2021–)

Daniel John William Wootton (born 2 March 1983) is a New Zealand-born British journalist and broadcaster. He was executive editor of The Sun newspaper. 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] In 2021 Wootton left News UK to join MailOnline as a columnist and present a show on GB News.[2]

Wootton has made appearances as a show business presenter on the ITV Breakfast shows Lorraine and Daybreak. From 2015 to 2018, he was also a regular contributor and panellist on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

Personal life

Wootton grew up in Lower Hutt, a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand and attended Naenae College and Victoria University of Wellington, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in media studies and political science.[3][4][5]

In 2013, he announced on his Twitter account that he is gay.[6]


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.[7] He came to the United Kingdom when he was 21, and after a period working for trade magazines, he found a job with Broadcast magazine.[8]

Wootton joined the News of the World TV team in February 2007,[9] becoming TV editor in November 2007,[10] and show-business editor in November 2008 until its closure in July 2011,[11][12] when he then became a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Mail and editor-at-large for Now magazine.[13][14] He later testified to the Leveson Inquiry in 2012 about the News International phone hacking scandal, where he denied illegally publishing stories collected through phone hacking while editor at the News of the World.[15][16]

In 2013, Wootton joined The Sun newspaper launching a new column on Sundays.[17] He became editor of the newspaper's Bizarre column in 2014,[18] and was promoted to associate editor (showbiz and TV) in 2016.[19] He was named 'Showbiz reporter of the year' at the 2010, 2013 and 2018 British Press Awards.[20][21] Wootton also made appearances as a showbiz reporter on ITV's morning show Lorraine between 2011 and 2019, and has been a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live.[22]

In 2015, Wootton and The Sun received widespread criticism for an article he penned for the tabloid titled "Hollywood HIV Panic". Writing in The Independent, Tom Hayes referred to the piece as an "insidious piece of stigma-reinforcing" journalism, HIV policy adviser Lisa Power, who was quoted in the article, called it "vile" and noted her "disappointment" that Wootton had "lent his name to such a shameful piece".[23] Further criticism came from the Terrence Higgins Trust who called it "irresponsible",[24] the British Medical Journal[25] and The Guardian's Owen Jones.[26]

Wootton has hosted a weekly talkRADIO show called "Dan's Dilemmas" since March 2018 and, in February 2020, he took over as host of the station's drivetime show, replacing Eamonn Holmes.[27][28][29]

In July 2020, libel proceedings, brought by Johnny Depp against Wootton and News Group Newspapers, began in the High Court of Justice in the case of Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd. The action related to an article published in 2018 in The Sun describing Depp as a "wife beater".[30][31] On 2 November 2020, the court ruled in favour of News Group. Mr Justice Nicol, father of his talkRadio colleague Robert Palmer, [32] found that assaults were proven to the civil standard in 12 of the 14 incidents reported by Amber Heard,[33] and he concluded that The Sun's article was substantially accurate on the balance of probabilities.[34]

In January 2021, Wootton announced that he would leave The Sun and talkRADIO to become a columnist for MailOnline and present a daily show, four days a week, on GB News.[2] In November 2021, his GB News programme, Tonight Live with Dan Wootton, was rebranded to Dan Wootton Tonight and shortened to two hours.[35]


  1. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (14 March 2018). "The Sun promotes former head of showbiz Dan Wootton to executive editor". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Rajan, Amol (28 January 2021). "Dan Wootton leaves News UK for GB News and Mail Online". BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ 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...
  4. ^ "Inspiring Kiwi". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 22 March 2016. Armed with a media studies and political science degree from Victoria University in Wellington...
  5. ^ "Roll of graduates". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ Wootton, Dan [@danwootton] (4 December 2013). "I'm gay and I believe in equality" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 December 2013 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ 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[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Everett, Charlotte (11 August 2013). "How NZer Dan Wootton became a UK household name". NZNEWSUK. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "NoW showbiz editor Dan Wootton: Nobody expected this". BBC News. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  13. ^ Sweney, Mark (31 October 2011). "Dan Wootton to join Daily Mail". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Ex-NOTW editor appears at Leveson". Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  16. ^ "News of the World's Kiwi showbiz editor speaks out". Stuff. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  17. ^ Halliday, Josh (5 July 2013). "Dan Wootton to join the Sun on Sunday". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  18. ^ Conlan, Tara (3 July 2014). "Sun appoints showbiz columnist Dan Wootton to edit revamped Bizarre". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  19. ^ Greenslade, Roy (8 March 2016). "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.
  20. ^ "British Press Awards 2010: Full list of winners". Press Gazette. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  21. ^ "The Guardian crowned newspaper of the year at Press Awards – full list of winners". Press Gazette. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ "Reporting on HIV like it's the 1980s will only help the virus spread". The Independent. 11 November 2015.
  24. ^ "The Sun claims Hollywood is 'panicking' about an actor having HIV". The Independent. 11 November 2015.
  25. ^ Kirkham, Deborah (13 November 2015). "Sun shows how not to report a case of HIV". BMJ. 351: h6147. doi:10.1136/bmj.h6147. PMID 26567134. S2CID 41635715.
  26. ^ Jones, Owen (11 November 2015). "We can't go back to the deadly HIV stigma of the 1980s | Owen Jones". The Guardian.
  27. ^ Forster, Lucy (19 March 2018). "Showbiz reporter Dan Wootton joins talkRADIO". Digital Radio UK.
  28. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (27 January 2020). "Sun's Dan Wootton takes over Talkradio drivetime slot from Eamonn Holmes". Press Gazette. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  29. ^ "Eamonn Holmes replaced by Dan Wootton on talkRADIO". RadioToday. 24 January 2020.
  30. ^ "Johnny Depp's libel case against The Sun begins". BBC News. 7 July 2020.
  31. ^ "Johnny Depp's reputation on line as libel trial set to begin". The Guardian. 7 July 2020.
  32. ^ "EXPOSED: The Sun libel trial judge's son works for Rupert Murdoch". 17 November 2020.
  33. ^ Davies, Caroline; Bowcott, Owen (2 November 2020). "Johnny Depp trial: how the judge ruled on 14 alleged assaults". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  34. ^ Bowcott, Owen; Davies, Caroline (2 November 2020). "Johnny Depp loses libel case against Sun over claims he beat ex-wife Amber Heard". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  35. ^ Wootton, Dan [@danwootton] (8 November 2021). "At 9pm we are relaunching my show as Dan Wootton Tonight. It's now two hours of the feistiest and most fun news debate on TV where free speech reigns always. Your favourite regulars and superstar panellists will be back but we're going to do it all before 11pm Monday to Thursday" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 November 2021 – via Twitter.

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