Naga Munchetty: BBC star makes subtle statement after backlash ‘I’m not for everyone’

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Naga Munchetty, 45, who earns up to £195,000 per year, is said to have been warned by BBC bosses after appearing in a business interview series for NatWest. The BBC Breakfast presenter hosted webinars for the bank one month after she was reportedly told off for fronting a paid corporate video for luxury car maker Aston Martin.

Naga seemingly sent a blunt message to critics as the broadcaster left work yesterday.

She was pictured outside the Salford studios chatting with her co-star Charlie Stayt.

Naga sported a pair of jeans teamed with a sweatshirt which read: “I’m not for everyone”.

The candid message comes after the BBC Breakfast host caused a stir recently over her work outside of her presenting job.

BBC chiefs have reminded Naga of her journalistic impartiality after she appeared in a Natwest bank promotional video and previously a corporate PR video for Aston Martin.

Naga can be seen speaking to celebrity guests in the videos for NatWest, which are entitled “In Conversation With…”

The guests include former politician and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls, the captain of England’s cricket team, Eoin Morgan, and perfume entrepreneur Jo Malone.

Naga’s move comes after the BBC’s new director general Tim Davie shared his plans for a “crackdown” on the broadcaster’s impartiality rules.

He said in a speech last week: “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”

Tim revealed there would be “clearer direction on the declaration of external interests” in light of concerns that news stars had risked undermining impartiality with their corporate work.

He also pointed out that the BBC should be “utterly impartial”.

However, Naga’s appearance in both videos was before Tim landed the job.


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A BBC spokesperson explained to “Since this event, Naga has been reminded of the risk of conflict of interest when undergoing external engagements.

“We are developing clearer direction in this area as part of our wider work on impartiality and will have more to say on that in due course.”

Naga previously hosted a webinar for Aston Martin without asking for permission from the BBC or informing them about her fee, according to i’news sources.

Elsewhere, the BBC Breakfast host shared her support for young female golfers in Tweeddale.

The avid golf player retweeted a post from Peebles Golf Club – after more girls than boys turned up at a junior training session.

They tweeted: “For the first time, the number of girls at our older Junior Coaching Group today exceeded the number of boys with 13 girls out of 25.

“Fantastic to see the girls enjoying their golf and improving so much this season.”

Naga responded by adding a heart-emoji alongside her retweet.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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