BBC Breakfast: Naga Munchetty realises she made mistake

Naga Munchetty, 45, is a regular fixture on BBC Breakfast alongside her co-host Charlie Stayt. The broadcaster recently began her role on BBC Radio 5 Live, presenting three days a week in the mid-morning slot formerly filled by Emma Barnett.

Naga is best known for holding politicians to account during her interviews on Breakfast which have been widely praised.

But the broadcaster is not unfamiliar with some of the criticism she has received online with comments slamming her interview style.

Naga has since spoken out about the critics and revealed she has been told her voice is “grating”.

Speaking in a new interview, the Breakfast host explained that she believes her tone seems to be more suited to radio listeners.

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“I’ve always been quite critical of my voice and I’ve been told it’s like a foghorn and grating, but it seems to be working on radio, which I’m really delighted with,” Naga explained.

The Radio 5 Live presenter said that misogyny towards women in the public eye is still rife while speaking about the criticism she encounters.

“The levels of misogyny levelled at women in the public eye are disgusting,” Naga continued to The Sunday Times.

“We’re human — if you cut me open I’ll bleed.”

Naga has previously addressed dealing with online trolls and negative comments on social media.

Appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live, Naga spoke to Emma Barnett and author Matt Haig about how her mental health is affected by online abuse.

“I have rather, shall we say, an assertive way, of dealing with people who abuse me on Twitter,” she said. “I don’t like it, I won’t put up with it.”

She continued: “People saying anything on Twitter, they would never say to your face.

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“Not that I’m inviting anyone to say anything horrible to my face in real life – just don’t say anything horrible to me.”

Naga, who became a lead presenter on BBC Breakfast in 2014, presents from Monday to Wednesday on the radio airwaves.

From Thursday to Saturday she will front Breakfast alongside co-host Charlie Stayt.

Elsewhere, Naga recently addressed a chaotic morning she suffered while she was working on her Radio 5 Live show after her computer continued to crash and the camera she uses to film clips to put on social media also “broke”.

The usually calm TV star could not help but let out a loud “scream” amid her frustrations, and promptly downed a decaf coffee to help restore order.

“I twisted it around [the camera] and I broke it,” Naga explained.

“I disconnected it and couldn’t connect it back. I let out the most God-almighty scream, ‘Aaaaaarrrgh!’ and they [the producers] said, ‘Why don’t you go and get yourself a coffee?'”

Despite working early mornings for BBC Breakfast over the last six years, Naga does not drink the hot beverage.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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