Media Person You Need To Know: Beth Rigby

29.10.19

What’s her beat? 

Beth Rigby is someone everyone will come to know over the next few weeks as the pot boils over on Brexit. She is the Political Editor of Sky News as of April 12 2019.

Describe her in a sentence.

A stand-out, no-nonsense political journalist who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Can you pitch to her?

Yes, all of Beth’s contact details (along with 60,000 other journalists) are on her full profile with MediaHQ. If you’d like to get a demo just give us your details here, or email Gaye Gleeson on [email protected].

Why do I need to know her?

At the moment, Brexit is taking over every media outlet in the country – but Beth brings a fresh, unique angle to it with her friendly yet grilling interview skills and her unbiased reporting of Brexit as pressure mounts on the British Government.

Beth interviewed Boris Johnson at the Tory Party Conference on October 2 and asked him the tough questions without sugar-coating them. Questions about his semi-severed family ties as a result of his stance on Brexit, an allegation of sexual harassment, an alleged affair with Jennifer Arcuri and, of course, the precarious position of Northern Ireland in a no-deal Brexit.

“Can the public trust you, as the Prime Minister, to obey the rule of law?”

Watch the interview below.

You could say that Beth specialises in getting answers. Her empathetic and friendly approach to interviewing makes her seem like your pal. She even asked then-Prime Minister Theresa May if she was “feelin’ a bit upset” after losing her defence secretary and over 1,000 local councillors.

What’s her back story?

Beth is well-versed in the ins and outs of print and broadcast journalism, having worked with the Financial Times and as Media Editor with The Times.

Born to a businessman and a headteacher and raised in Buckinghamshire, Beth obtained a first in Social and Political Science in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge before getting her Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of London.

Let’s see her in action:

Beth talking to Andrea Leadsom about Parliament and Brexit.

Beth asking Jeremy Corbin what does he think will happen: Remain or leave with a deal?

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