BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty left ‘fuming’ by intimidating men approaching her

FILE - In this Sunday, April 23, 2017 file photo, TV Presenter Naga Munchetty poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Television and Craft Awards in east London. The BBC is facing a backlash after finding one of its presenters in breach of its editorial guidelines on impartiality for comments that were critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. Journalists and celebrities are on Friday, Sept, 27, 2019 demanding the BBC overturn its decision, expressing support for BBC Breakfast anchor Naga Munchetty, who was discussing Trump’s remark on July 17 that four female American lawmakers should return to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.’’(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)
BBC Breakfast star Naga Munchetty (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)

BBC Breakfast favourite Naga Munchetty has opened up about scary incidents where she's been accosted by 'intimidating' men.

The 47-year-old newscaster has added her voice to the women's safety campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, sharing her personal stories where she's been left frightened by unwarranted and aggressive approaches in the street.

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The cause aims to highlight how often women are catcalled or made to feel unsafe when minding their own business.

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Naga Munchetty (Peter Byrne/PA)

"I have had it where I’ve walked along the street and a guy has said, “Hi, you’re looking great” and I just look at them and think inside, I’m fuming. I haven’t invited that. You’re intimidating me," she told Daily Star.

"Then you respond and you say, 'Thanks', and you carry on walking or you look down and walk on and then they turn around and go, 'Hey, I’m talking to you. What’s your name?'

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"I don’t want to give you my name. Then you say, 'I’m really busy, nice to meet you' and you move on. But then you’re like 'Oh what, you’re too good to talk to me?'"

"It’s one very specific example," she added. "But you know this scenario happens and it does happen."

Jon Kay in a previous BBC Breakfast appearance with Naga Munchetty. (BBC/YouTube)
Naga Munchetty, pictured with Jon Kay on BBC Breakfast (BBC/YouTube)

The journalist added that she'd taken to walking home "with her keys in her hand" as a potential weapon if attacked.

"I'm quite small-framed," the 5ft 4in star told BBC Radio 5 Live. "If I’m walking alone I do look around every 30 seconds, and I constantly survey what’s going on in front, to the side, and behind me."

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The 16 Days of Activism campaign, an annual event run by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership since 1991, has a different running theme every year.

The initiative is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

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