Nick Ferrari – The Matrix Database

Nick Ferrari, criticised by the broadcasting standards commission for “encouraging racism against asylum seekers”

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 LBC host Nick Ferrari. For more information on the database click here.


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Nick Ferrari was privately educated at the all boys Eltham College. (source)

Revolving Door

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Nick Ferrari has no significant professional experience in politics or business.

“Establishment” Connections

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Nick Ferrari’s father, Lino Ferrari, founded the Ferrari Press Agency, before becoming a senior editor at the Mirror. (Source).

Ferrari’s ex-wife, Sally Ferrari, is a former editor of the Express Saturday magazine. (Source).


Ferrari counts amongst his close friends former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie. (Source)

Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Neither Nick Ferrari nor LBC have disclosed details of his salary. As one of the most prominent presenters at LBC he is likely to earn significantly more than the average taxpayer.

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 2003, Ferrari was “criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Commission for encouraging racism against asylum seekers.” (source)

In 2020 Ferrari provoked furore when he confronted black campaigner and journalist Afua Hirsch and asked her “Why do you stay in this country” regarding her stance on the removal of historical statues depicting slave owning Britons. (source)


“Right-wing opinions are more likely to get a reaction. If you’re on the Left you say ‘on the one hand we could do this, but on the other hand…’ [If you’re] Right wing you can be more dictatorial.”

Nick Ferrari


Nick Ferrari was privately educated before following his father into journalism. He counts political figures and newspaper editors amongst his close friends and is likely to earn vastly more than the UK average salary.

Independent? Impartial? Holding power to account?

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