BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty: Who is she? When is she on TV?

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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Naga Munchetty (PA)
Naga Munchetty is one of the stars of BBC Breakfast. (PA)

The BBC Breakfast team has a rolling roster of presenters, but one regular star who is popular with viewers is Naga Munchetty.

She has been a familiar face in the studio since 2014 - here's all you need to know about her career and time at BBC Breakfast.

Who is Naga Munchetty?

Naga Munchetty appearing on A Question Of Sport. (BBC)
Naga Munchetty appearing on A Question Of Sport. (BBC)

The BBC reporter and presenter from South London is one of the regular main cast of hosts for BBC Breakfast, which she has appeared on since 2014.

Munchetty's previous jobs at the BBC have included Working Lunch, Radio 4's Money Box and BBC World News.

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She took part in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with Pasha Kovalev.

When is Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast?

Naga Munchetty with co-host Charlie Stayt. (BBC)
Naga Munchetty with co-host Charlie Stayt. (BBC)

Viewers can tune in to Munchetty over breakfast from Thursday to Saturday on BBC One, with Breakfast running from 6am to 9.15am on weekdays and 6am to 10am on weekends.

Currently, Munchetty co-hosts alongside another long-standing star of the show, Charlie Stayt.

She has previously co-hosted with Dan Walker, who left the BBC in 2022.

What was the BBC Breakfast controversy surrounding Naga Munchetty?

Dan Walker and Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast (BBC)
Dan Walker and Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast. (BBC)

Munchetty found herself at the centre of a broadcast controversy in July 2019 during a discussion about Donald Trump's comments telling his opponents to "go back to where they came from".

She said: "Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism. Now I'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean."

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The discussion apparently sparked complaints from viewers who felt that the BBC were not remaining impartial and in September 2019, Munchetty was ruled to have breached the BBC's guidelines.

It outraged many, especially as Walker was apparently complained about too but not investigated, and an open letter asking for the corporation to consider their ruling again was signed by famous supporters including Sir Lenny Henry.

By the end of September 2019, then-BBC director-general Tony Hall overturned the ruling after looking into it himself.

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