Sophy Ridge to go head-to-head with Robert Peston on Sundays

Written by David Singleton on 16 November 2016 in Culture

Sky News revisits Sunday morning political TV line-up with new show.

Politics is all about tough choices. Especially on Sunday mornings when political obsessives must decide where to turn at 10am after the Andrew Marr Show has finished (but before Sunday Politics has started).

On ITV, Robert Peston fronts Peston on Sunday, while Jon Pienaar hosts Pienaar's Politics on BBC Radio 5Live.

And over on Sky News Dermot Murnaghan hosts his own rival show, Murnaghan.

But not for long…

In January 2017, Sky News is launching a new Sunday morning programme hosted by former political correspondent Sophy Ridge.

The new one-hour show will be broadcast at 10am on Sundays. Because it is mandatory to include the name of the presenter in the title, the new show will be called Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

There will be paper reviews, a major interview at the top of the hour and a weekly feature - ‘Ridge on the Road’ - where the presenter explores how the country is reacting to Westminster.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, reckons that the new show will "bring a fresh approach" to Sunday morning broadcasting.

"This will not be a show that reports from the Westminster bubble, but will be investigating how decisions made by the political elite affect the public and their lives," he said.

Ridge said: “This is an incredible opportunity for me to hold the people who govern our country to account and ask the questions that our viewers want answered. I hope that we deliver a programme that demystifies the political rhetoric offering real insight into what decisions in Westminster mean for the rest of us.”

The programme begins in the New Year on January 8th and will be edited by Toby Sculthorpe.

Murnaghan now presents Sky News Tonight, Sky News’ flagship evening programme.


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