Tony Parsons has revealed he joined The Sun on Sunday as a columnist because he believes the paper offers him a more assured future than his former employer The Mirror.
"I left [The Mirror] after 18 years. It was not something I did lightly or easily but I joined The Sun because I want my journalism to have a future," said Parsons, speaking to journalists and bloggers at the paper's London headquarters.
Although when questioned at the same event, Sun editor David Dinsmore wasn't sharing details on how many people have so far signed up for a Sun+ subscription, his latest recruit believes a paywall is essential to safeguard journalism online.
"I'm comfortable behind a paywall because I don't see how I can support my family if the people that employ me keep giving my stuff away."
"You can't keep paying somebody like me a lot of money and keep giving it away for free. I couldn't see that working for another 18 years. I kept getting paid this large sum of money while people were losing their jobs."
Although Parsons' switch from The Mirror to The Sun raised a few eyebrows he feels the move is not as controversial as it might once have been.
"I'm joining David Dinsmore's Sun, I'm not joining Kelvin Mackenzie's Sun," Parsons told The Media Blog.
The Sun also announced today a new editor for The Sun on Sunday. Victoria Newton is the latest editor to be promoted from the ranks of the paper's showbiz desk, having previously been The Sun's Los Angeles correspondent and more recently editing Bizarre.