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Liverpool FC fan takes top job at Sun

Anfield-born Victoria Newton made editor of Sunday edition

Written by . Published on September 13th 2013.

Liverpool FC fan takes top job at Sun

AN Anfield-born journalist, who once said she wanted to be Liverpool Football Club's first female manager, has been made editor of the Sunday edition of The Sun.

Victoria Newton, 43, who was educated in Nottingham and at Cambridge, describes herself as “a native Scouser who was born in Anfield”.

But she was branded a hypocrite today by a member of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

Newton began her career on The Daily Express and joined The Sun's showbiz team before becoming Los Angeles Correspondent.

She later edited its Bizarre showbusiness column but the volume of errors and accusations of plagiarism that went through to print under her byline earned regular spots in Private Eye and even a blog dedicated to highlighting them - Vicky Watch.

Newton, pictured above in a Liverpool FC scarf, will report to Sun Editor David Dismore in the role. 

Despite The Sun being detested for decades on Merseyside for its role in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, Newton told The Independent newspaper in 2005: "I watch as many Liverpool matches as I can," and went on to say her "dream job would be LFC's first female manager".

Sheila Coleman, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, told Liverpool Confidential: "This woman's hypocrisy is appalling.

"To openly align herself with Liverpool Football Club after the way The Sun lied about its supporters in such an unforgiveable way calls her entire integrity and her fitness to edit anything into question."

The Sun on Sunday is embarking on an aggressive marketing campaign this weekend and is appointing 16 new editorial staff.

Ms Coleman noted: "Some might see this as another cynical attempt to raise the number of readers on Merseyside, who knows for sure?

Sheila-Coleman-Of-The-Hillsborough-Justice-CampaignSheila Coleman"But one thing is for certain is it won't wash. The wounds of 1989 are as open and deep as ever on Merseyside, and this sort of thing is just another distraction to the job of getting at the real truth and it won't work."

Of her new role, Newton said: "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity and the resources to take Britain's number one Sunday newspaper to an even better place.

"The Sun has a formidable reputation for exclusive, hard-hitting and investigative journalism and alongside the humour and headlines, showbiz and comment, I look forward to securing The Sun firmly as the home of the best Sunday stories.”

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21 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

Well said Sheila.

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

what a c*nt.

Garry SmithSeptember 13th 2013.

And she's actually from Anfield? The pound is mightier than the pen eh? Scum.

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

Burn the witch

MarinaSeptember 13th 2013.

"She later edited its Bizarre showbusiness column but the volume of errors and accusations of plagiarism that went through to print under her byline earned regular spots in Private Eye and even a blog dedicated to highlighting them" Perfect CV to work for this rag. Hang your head in shame...

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Barbara SmithSeptember 14th 2013.

Well said Marina

SteveSeptember 13th 2013.

She's not a hypocrite. She's never condemned The Sun and there's no collective council for making it a rule to hate the sun. Regardless of how low her actions are (I think anyone who takes a job at The Sun needs their head checked), she's not a hypocrite.

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

@Steve She is hypocritical. You can't align yourself with LFC and align yourself with that rag. LFC and The S*n do not go together

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

burn her in hell ...BURN BITCH BURN BITCH !!

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AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

That's a bit much

AnonymousSeptember 14th 2013.

It would be good to think that someone weilding that sort of power could change things from within, especially with Anfield roots. But I guess she isn't the one. Victoria Newton is famous in Fleet St for running an end of year reader poll for the stars of the year in her Bizarre column. People like Madonna won. Trouble was the awards were given and the publicity shots taken before the readers had a chance to vote. Yeah, it's not as serious as phone hacking but it shows the utter contempt these people have for their readers, the million plus people who every day fund their vacuous lifestyles. These are journalists that give every other a bad name. That give ruinous politicians and their bent ideologies a platform where the brainless of Braintree are virtually told how to vote. These are the people whose publisher is yet to apologise for the sins of Kelvin MacKenzie. That is another reason, even if you have never set foot in Liverpool, even if you hate the place, why one should never buy The Sun. They are taking the piss out of all of you. TRICKY WOO.

AnonymousSeptember 14th 2013.

I am sure she wont give up her lucrative job so she should stay away from our club. She is not welcome

Barbara SmithSeptember 14th 2013.

It's just another way of her trying to better herself when really she is a total hypocrite. I hope she falls flat on her face. Despicable woman - hang your head in shame

AnonymousSeptember 14th 2013.

I think the main thing that 'calls her entire integrity and her fitness to edit anything into question' is simply her willingness to work for the Sun.

AnonymousSeptember 16th 2013.

Who can quote the facts and remembers what the sun did differently to other newspapers you all no doubt read

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AnonymousSeptember 17th 2013.

I'm sure Trinity Mirror can, as it was in their interests to run the opposition out of Liverpool

AnonymousSeptember 19th 2013.

This is almost as bad as Sounness writing for the rag and even worse, Gerard writing for it's sister paper, the now defunct News of the World. Both post disaster. Murdoch must have been rubbing his hands with glee. The pound is most certainly mightier than the pen.

Mickeydrippin'September 19th 2013.

I not a LFC fan nor do I buy or read the Sun but if she can exert some influence to change that toilet paper for the better and perhaps elicit a full apology to the city of Liverpool, then I will applaud her.

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AnonymousSeptember 19th 2013.

Is the city of Liverpool asking for a full apology. I'm not.

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2013.

i agree, she can make a change to the newspaper and perhaps get them to make an apology for their previous actions. change comes from within as anyone who has been through a change in their life should already know. hopefully they can put to bed all this bitterness and hatred and let people get on with living their lives.

AnonymousNovember 17th 2013.

Hang her !! i would ..find her address and post it !!

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