Trevor Phillips takes over Sophy Ridge’s Sunday politics show as Sky News presenter goes on maternity leave
- Trevor Phillips to fill in for Sky News’ Sophy Ridge as a political show host
- Ms. Ridge’s last show before going on maternity leave is next Sunday
- Mr. Phillips won Royal Television Society Awards for Journalism in 1988 and 1993
Trevor Phillips will be taking a seat for Sky News’ Sophy Ridge to host her Sunday political show while on maternity leave.
The seasoned broadcaster and former politician will take over the hot seat of the flagship program from May 23 after Ms. Ridge’s final show next Sunday.
Mr. Phillips, former head of current affairs at ITV station LWT, won Royal Television Society awards in 1988 and 1993 for his journalism.
His four-part program in 1998, marking 50 years since the arrival in Britain of the MV Empire Windrush, won the 1998 documentary series award.
In 2020, he was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards for Commentary Artist of the Year.
Veteran broadcaster Trevor Phillips will take the place of Sky News’ Sophy Ridge while on maternity leave
Mr. Phillips was also the Founding Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and was elected Chairman of the London Assembly.
Regarding his appointment, he said: “Sky News’s reputation for original journalism, accuracy and impartiality is well established and I am extremely excited to be joining the team.
My philosophy about reporting news and interviewing politicians is very much in line with what I’ve seen watching the show since its launch in 2017.
‘It is a privilege to be invited to keep the chair warm for such an outstanding talent as Sophy.
What I hope I can contribute to her team’s penetrating and intelligent analysis is two decades of experience in public office and business.
‘Sky News’ standards and professionalism are of the highest quality and I will do everything I can to maintain them while sitting in the Sunday morning chair.’
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said: “Sky News is delighted to have Trevor join our team and bring his significant journalistic experience and fresh outlook to the news organization on Sunday morning.
‘The program is an important weekend meeting for our viewers and we would like to develop the way we perceive the changing political landscape, hold authorities to account and provide clarity in times of uncertainty.
Ms. Ridge’s last show before her maternity leave starts is on Sunday, and Mr. Phillips will be taking over from May 23
“We wish Sophy all the best in the coming months while she is on maternity leave and look forward to her return.”
In April, Mr. Phillips wrote about the death of his eldest daughter Sushila, 36, who died after a 22-year battle with anorexia.
The heartbreaking piece in The Times came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
He wrote: “Fortunately I have never fallen into the despair described by the Duchess, our family has stood helplessly for more than 20 years as my eldest daughter battled a serious eating disorder.
“Hours before writing these words, she and I parted on a familiar threshold: the specialized unity to which she periodically admits herself when the daily battle against her demons proves just too exhausting.”
Last month, Mr. Phillips wrote about the death of his eldest daughter Sushila, 36, who died after a 22-year battle with anorexia
Mr. Phillips also spoke in great detail of his struggle to help his daughter through her ordeal.
He said, “I know what it feels like to have your teenage child pinned to the floor of a speeding car to keep her from throwing herself out the door.
“I understand what it is like to hear that she may not live long enough to go to college.”
In March 2020, Mr Phillips was suspended from Labor on allegations of Islamophobia.
He defended his statements, saying it was ‘nonsense’ to be anti-Islam so racist when Muslims don’t identify as race.