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aconnell2,817 posts since 17 Jan 2005
Granada North West Today
Sophia Ridge proving comments from users in the past that she isn't the most natural of presenters. She's understandably nervous but her style is too wooden. Certainly some room for improvement but not a disaster, though.

Lots made of Peston when he started his own programme but he has the charisma to carry it - just feel Ridge's show is a bit flat and boring so far. Can't help but feel she's been promoted to her own show a few years too early in her career. But have to say it's had a good line up of guests and reviewers.

Not convinced on the member of the public as a newspaper reviewer. And programme will feel a lot better in Millbank. The big glass box just soaks up the energy on this type of long-form discussion
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Aaron_2015656 posts since 11 Mar 2015
Westcountry Spotlight
I think Sophy's first show was actually ok - her interview style works pretty well. The ending was a right shambles though.

The glass box actually looked interesting for the first time since they started using it, which is a plus.
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London Lite7,086 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
If anything, Ridge has proved today that you can be a generation younger than Marr and Peston and still get headline winning quotes from the PM.

Remember, she's not just a presenter, but a journalist for which she is experienced in getting stories from politicians.

Yes, the show needs work and personally moving the show back to the bland Millbank studio next weekend will make comparisons to Murnaghan and Boulton on Sunday harder for Sophy to shake off, but it's not a write off that some on here would like to believe.
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London Lite7,086 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Remember, she's not just a presenter, but a journalist for which she is experienced in getting stories from politicians.

To be fair - so are Andrew Marr and Robert Peston. It kind of goes with the territory.


Of course, but there seems to be this perception that because some feel she is a poor presenter that she won't be able to do what Marr, Peston and Murnaghan have done previously.
IsleOfIreland159 posts since 1 Sep 2016
UTV Newsline
She just didn't have the presence for me. The way the show started very robotic and felt that way and wooden through the whole lot of it. The interview wasn't bad but for sky news standards it was very average. Certainly missed Dermot and I have said this before and will say this again.

Sophy is an excellent political reporter and hack who is great at that role add could go right to the very top of that field. But she is being promoted at a ridiculously fast speed through the ranks. The ways it's going it's like she will be the number one anchor within a couple of years.

I get bored listening to her. Forced delivery. Monotone style no energy. But she's clearly liked at sky by important people and clearly delivery and presence is not everything else she would not have her own show and Gamal would not be appearing on mostly nights only.
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London Lite7,086 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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I get bored listening to her. Forced delivery. Monotone style no energy. But she's clearly liked at sky by important people and clearly delivery and presence is not everything else she would not have her own show and Gamal would not be appearing on mostly nights only.


Worth noting that Gamal chaired the debate about the PM's interview with Sophy after 11.30am today.