Jeremy Vine – The Matrix Database

Jeremy Vine (right) with his brother, the prominent comedian (and primary Matrix connection!) Tim Vine

The Matrix Project is an effort to document personal factors that undermine powerful journalists’ claims of objectivity and impartiality. Are factors such as an elite education, establishment connections, personal wealth and interests in rival fields compatible with journalistic integrity? 

This page looks at BBC journalist Jeremy Vine. For more information on the database click here.

Education

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Jeremy Vine attended the private/independent schools Lynton Preparatory School, Aberdour Preparatory School and Epsom College. He gained a degree from Hatfield College at Durham University. (source)

Revolving Door

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Jeremy Vine has no significant professional experience in politics or business.

“Establishment” Connections

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Primary

Jeremy Vine is married to journalist and broadcaster Rachel Schofield. (source) Comedian Tim Vine is Jeremy Vine’s brother. (source)

Secondary

Jeremy Vine has no discernible Secondary Connections.

Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Jeremy Vine is the 16th highest paid presenter at the BBC. His salary for 2020-2021 was £295,000-£299,000. (source)

As a point of reference, the Office for National Statistics list the average UK salary for 2021 as £26,193.

Complaints / apologies / controversies

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Jeremy Vine was criticised after being paid a “five-figure sum” for appearing at an ADS group dinner. ADS is the trade organisation representing the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries. (source)

Summary

Jeremy Vine had an elite education, is married to a fellow journalist and earns 11 times more than the average UK salary. While earning a six-figure yearly sum at the impartial BBC, he pocketed a hefty fee for speaking at an event run by a trade body representing the arms industry

Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?

Learn more about the Matrix Project here.

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