Jim Waterson – The Matrix Database

Jim Waterson studied at Oxford and is in a relationship with BBC executive editor Jess Brammar.

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 Guardian Media Editor Jim Waterson. For more information on the database click here.


Learn about the significance of a private/Oxbridge education here

Jim Waterson graduated with a degree in History from Jesus College, Oxford University.


Revolving Door

Learn about the significance of the Revolving Door here.

Jim Waterson has no significant experience in politics or business.

“Establishment” Connections

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Jim Waterson’s partner is BBC News executive editor Jess Brammar.




Salary/Indications of Wealth

Learn about the significance of journalists with an unusual level of wealth here

Neither The Guardian nor Jim Waterson have disclosed details of how much he is paid as media editor. It is likely to be significantly more than the UK average salary.

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

Complaints / apologies / controversies

Learn about the significance of complaints/apologies here



Jim Waterson graduated from Oxford University and his partner is a BBC editor. He is likely to earn significantly more than the average UK salary.

Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?

Learn more about the Matrix Project here.

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