Sophy Ridge on Sunday

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Sophy Ridge on Sunday
GenrePolitics
Presented bySophy Ridge
Niall Paterson (Cover)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Production
Producer(s)Ben Sutcliffe
Production location(s)Studio 21, Sky Central
Editor(s)Toby Sculthorp
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Release
Original networkSky News
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release8 January 2017 (2017-01-08) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byMurnaghan
External links
Twitter

Sophy Ridge on Sunday (also Sunday with Niall Paterson) is a Sky News Sunday morning talk show fronted by Sophy Ridge. It was launched on 8 January 2017[1] and is currently broadcast on Sundays at 8:30am to 9:30am. It is followed by Sophy Ridge: The Take, a half-hour programme reacting to the interviews from the main programme.[2]

Until July 2018, the programme was broadcast from 10:00 am to 11:00 am (with a 30-minute highlights show broadcast at 9:30 pm).[3] It was broadcast at the same time as Peston on Sunday, until both programmes were rescheduled.[4]

From 10 September 2017 until 29 April 2018, Ridge was on maternity leave, with Niall Paterson fronting the show (rebranded as Sunday with Niall Paterson). Ridge returned on 4 May 2018.[5]

As part of Sky News' coverage of the 2019 United Kingdom general election, it was announced that the programme would be broadcast on a Saturday morning as well.[6][7]

Format[edit]

Prime Minister Theresa May was a guest on the first programme.[8] The show has its own graphics, and normally comes from the Sky News Glass Box Studio (Studio 21) in Sky Central. During party conference season, the show is broadcast from the UK's major party conferences.[9] Niall Paterson is usually the relief presenter.

The show features a paper review with two reviewers, and normally includes two interview guests.

Viewing figures[edit]

The 18 November 2018 episode, with Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn[10], had 187,400 viewers according to BARB. The show averages around 130,000 viewers.

Murnaghan[edit]

Previously, a similar programme called Murnaghan, with Dermot Murnaghan, was broadcast in the 10:00am Sunday slot. In 2017 Murnaghan moved to present Sky News Tonight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweney, Mark (16 November 2016). "Sophy Ridge to host new Sunday morning show on Sky News". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  2. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (29 August 2019). "Sophy Ridge on Sunday moves to earlier time on Sky News". Press Gazette. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Sky News Launches New Show, Sophy Ridge on Sunday" (Press release). Sky UK. 16 November 2016. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ Mayhew, Freddy. "Sophy Ridge on Sunday to air at 9am on return to Sky News avoiding clash with new Marr show time on BBC". PressGazette. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ "👇👇👏👏@RidgeOnSunday #ridge". @RidgeOnSunday Twitter. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Sky News unveils 2019 General Election plans". Sky Corporate. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  7. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (4 November 2019). "Sophy Ridge to present Saturday and Sunday politics shows for Sky News during 'Brexit election'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Sky News to air PM's first 2017 interview". Sky News. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Ready to go here at #LabourConference ! We've got banners and everything 👍 @RidgeOnSunday #lab18 #ridge". @SophyRidgeSky. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Recap: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn quizzed on Brexit agreement". Sky News. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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