What did Naga Munchetty say about Donald Trump, did she breach BBC rules and why was a petition launched?

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NAGA Munchetty is a well known face on TV thanks to her career with the BBC.

And now the news presenter has hit the headlines following comments made about President Donald Trump. Here’s everything you need to know.

Naga Munchetty is a journalist and broadcaster
Naga Munchetty is a BBC journalist and broadcaster
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What did Naga Munchetty say about Donald Trump?

In September 2019, it was reported that Naga breached BBC guidelines by suggesting President Donald Trump was guilty of racism, the corporation’s complaints unit has decided.

She expressed concern on the show on July 19, 2019 after the US President said four congresswoman should “go back” to the “places from which they came.”

Seeming to go off script, she dwelled upon her own experiences of being told go home in the UK, saying the comments made her “furious”.

Naga said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back 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.”

The four congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, were told by the president that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken places from which they came”.

The four women are US citizens and three of them were born and raised in the US.

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Naga is known for being on BBC Breakfast
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Did Naga Munchetty breach BBC rules?

The BBC has ruled that Naga did break the rules.

It said “her comments went beyond what the guidelines allow for,” despite saying she was entitled to “give a personal response.”

A BBC spokeswoman told the corporation’s Executive Complaints Unit: “A summary of the complaint and the decision to partially uphold it will be published on the complaints pages of bbc.co.uk, and as normal this will include a note of any action taken as a result of the finding.”

It is yet to be decided whether Naga, who has been on the show for the past decade, will be reprimanded.

Why was a Naga Munchetty petition launched?

A petition has been launched calling the Editorial Complaints Unit’s decision “wrong”.

The online document reads: “Surprisingly I think the BBC could use the ECU’s decision as an opportunity to build trust as well as strengthen its diversity and inclusion.

“All – senior members of the BBC should make their position clear and come out internally in support of Naga.”

The petition currently has just under 13,000 signatures.

Is Naga Munchetty married?

Naga is married to ITV broadcast consultant husband James Haggar.

They wed back in 2007.

Before James, Naga famously dated Norwegian footballer Jonny Hansen.

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Naga competed on Strictly Come Dancing

When did Naga Munchetty take part in Strictly?

Naga took to the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

She was partnered with Pasha Kovalev, who has since left the show.

The pair didn’t do too well and were voted out in week four.

 


What is Naga Munchetty’s backstory?

Born in South London in 1975, 44-year-old Naga‘s drive toward a career in journalism began with an English degree at Leeds University.

Her break in TV came as a reporter for Reuters Financial Television, and she went on to have jobs on CNBC Europe, Channel 4 News, and Bloomberg Television.

Naga became a household name when she landed the job on BBC Breakfast in 2010.

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