Veteran broadcaster and writer Trevor Phillips will host Sky News’ weekly political show Sophy Ridge on Sunday, while Sophy goes on maternity leave at the end of the month.
Phillips’ appointment will continue the show’s track record of holding politicians to account and setting the political agenda, while also bringing a fresh perspective to Sunday morning’s political rhythm.
Sophy Ridge on Sunday has become a staple television that often makes headlines for the rest of the political press kit to continue with audience figures up 6% year on year.
Phillips will be the first black host of a flagship political spectacle in the UK.
Phillips, former head of current affairs at ITV LWT, won the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards in 1988 and 1993, before winning the RTS Documentary Series Award for Windrush in 1998.
In 2020, he was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards for Commentator of the Year.
The founding chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Phillips previously chaired the Racial Equality Commission and was the elected president of the London Assembly.
Sky News Director John Ryley said: “Sky News is delighted that Trevor is joining our team and bringing his significant journalistic experience and fresh perspective to the Sunday morning news organization.
“The show is an important weekend get-together for our viewers and we are keen to expand on how we assess the changing political landscape, hold authorities to account and clarify matters in times of crisis. uncertainty.
“We wish Sophy all the best in the coming months while she is on maternity leave and look forward to her return.”
Phillips added, “Sky News’ reputation for original journalism, accuracy and fairness is well established and I am extremely happy to join the team.
“My philosophy in terms of reporting …
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