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 Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee . For more information on the database click here.
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Sarah-Jane Mee is a graduate of Manchester University.(source)
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Sarah-Jane Mee has no significant experience in either politics or business.
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Sarah-Jane Mee is married to Ben Richardson. According to Hello! magazine, the couple “were first introduced by mutual friend Autumn Phillips – the wife of the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips” and got engaged after “attending a Christmas party hosted by Piers Morgan.” (Source)
Salary/Indications of Wealth
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Neither Sarah-Jane Mee nor Sky News have disclosed details of her salary. She has however previously discussed earning a “six-figure salary” since 2014, owning several properties, including one “worth nearly £1 million” and purchasing an £800 handbag “for fun…after a few glasses of wine”. (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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Sarah-Jane Mee is friends with members of the royal family, earns a six figure salary and has boasted of owning a property worth nearly £1 million.
Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?
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