Sophie Ridge – The Matrix Database

Sophie Ridge, a London-based Oxford graduate who decries “middle class London bias”

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 broadcaster Sophie Ridge. For more information on the database click here.

Education

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Sophie Ridge attended the state grammar school Tiffin Girls’ School before graduating with a 2nd Class degree from St Edmund Hall, Oxford (source)

Revolving Door

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Sophie Ridge has no significant experience working in rival fields to the media.

“Establishment” Connections

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Primary

Ridge is cagey about her professional life but, when pressed, admitted that her husband “is called Ben and works for a national newspaper” (source)

Secondary

None.

Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Neither Sophie Ridge or Sky News disclose salary information publicly. However, given that her colleague Kay Burley was reported to earn in the region of £500,000 in 2011 (as per the Evening Standard), it seems highly likely that Ridge earns a six figure salary.

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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None.

In Their Own Words

“I sometimes wonder whether the amount of scrutiny that’s given to a particular story over others is because some things are viewed through the lens of a middle-class London bias – house prices, top rate of tax, stamp duty on homes over £1m, or whatever, as opposed to things such as tax credits.””

Sophie Ridge

Summary

Sophie Ridge attended Oxford University, is married to a fellow national journalist and is likely to earn in the region of 10 times the average UK salary. In her own words, she acknowledges the likelihood of wealth-based, London-bias to news coverage.

Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?

Learn more about the Matrix Project here.

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