Tom Newton Dunn will host the new hour-long news program on TalkTV, the broadcaster has confirmed. As well as presenting The News Desk and interviewing specialist print and broadcast journalists, Tom will also serve as the show’s editor. Before the show aired, the journalist pointed out that the show did not serve “any political agenda or ideology”.
Tom added: “We’re going to do this in a fresh and engaging format, and to help us out we’re really delighted to have recruited 11 of the UK’s sharpest and most insightful political voices taking turns to make up ‘at our nocturnal sign.
“We’re also very fortunate to have such a strong cadre of specialist journalists to draw on for reporting and analysis across News UK’s headlines. It’s hugely exciting to be offering something a bit different.”
Panelists who will appear regularly on the show include Adam Boulton, Anas Sarwar, Bim Afolami, Douglas Murray, Emily Sheffield, Grace Blakeley and Isabel Oakeshott.
James Slack, Kate McCann, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Tan Dhesi will also be on the program to give their thoughts on a host of topics.
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Vivek Sharma, Executive Producer of TalkTV, said, “The News Desk is a major pillar of the prime time offering for TalkTV.
“In Tom Newton Dunn we have one of the most respected journalists operating in British media.
“Supported by series editor Caitlin Black, Tom will be able to draw on expert journalists from across the UK who are at the forefront of the most important breaking news.
“At the same time, we’ve hand-picked a roster of commentators who will provide must-see analysis on the issues of the day, every night.”
For the new TalkTV program, journalists will join Tom each evening to share the latest in their areas of expertise.
The panel is made up of political journalists, sports commentators, business experts and showbiz journalists from all political backgrounds.
Following the announcement, viewers took to Twitter to comment on Tom’s new post and the program itself.
Philip Richardson said: “I would really appreciate it if each commentator were given a label showing their name and position on the political spectrum. Otherwise I might get confused. The balance is fine, but only if the basis of assessment is manifest.”