Lyse Doucet – The Matrix Database

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 chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet. For more information on the database click here.

Chief International correspondent at the BBC Lyse Doucet.

Education

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Lyse Doucet has a Masters degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours degree from Queens University at Kingston. (Source)

Revolving Door

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Lyse Doucet has no significant professional experience in politics or business.

“Establishment” Connections

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Primary

Lyse Doucet’s sister is Andrea Doucet, a Professor of Sociology, Women’s and Gender studies and a published author. (source)

Secondary

Lyse Doucet has been awarded both an OBE and the Order of Canada. (source).

Doucet formerly served as a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). (Source).

Doucet is a registered director and founder of the Marie Colvin Journalists Network with Lindsey Hilsum and Jane Wellesley. (source)

Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Neither Lyse Doucet nor the BBC have disclosed her specific salary, which means it is below the £150,000 per year threshold for top paid stars. It is likely she earns significantly more than the average UK worker.

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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In 2020 the BBC settled a legal case brought against the trust by former producer Natalie Morton, who alleged she was “bullied” by Doucet into travelling into the Syrian city of Homs in 2014, in which she and a cameraman were subsequently injured by shrapnel from a mortar explosion (source).

IN THEIR OWN WORDS…

“Journalism doesn’t always change events. But I’ve seen it change minds.”

Lyse Doucet

“It all comes down to politics but my job is not to take sides…. More and more I believe the journalism I want to do is not taking sides, but I have no hesitation taking the sides of the people, or the children. Because they’re caught in the middle. That’s my politics. Humanitarian politics.”

Lyse Doucet

Summary

As chief international correspondent for the BBC, Lyse Doucet OBE is likely to earn significantly more than the average UK salary. Her sister is a prominent Professor and author, and Lyse Doucet has been involved as a board member in at least two influential organisations in the field of journalism and international politics.

Independent? Impartial? Holding power to account?

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