Naga Munchetty has defended the BBC licence payment and brought a veiled swipe at Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain within the course of.
The 45-year-old BBC Breakfast host has stated that the Beeb’s information content material at first of the day was not there to garner social media consideration, one thing that’s brazenly courted by ITV’s breakfast present, with presenter Piers Morgan being notably outspoken.
Naga’s co-host Dan Walker has already had a few public spats with Piers on Twitter after the ITV host slammed the interviewing of presidency ministers by the BBC Breakfast present.
Ofcom has acquired a whole bunch of complaints after Piers tore into ministers over the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus outbreak, resulting in there being an ‘unofficial ban’ on ministers showing on GMB till Piers left for his six-week vacation.
He has stated that the Beeb had been too mushy on the ministers however Dan Walker pointed to the rankings as proof that that is what viewers wished within the mornings.
With the top of the licence payment being mooted by the Authorities, with a risk to show the BBC right into a subscription service, Naga has spoken out in favour of the payment.
Talking to Radio Instances journal, she stated: “There’s been noise concerning the licence payment for many years.
“However at Breakfast, we’re not ratings-driven, we’re not there to garner consideration on social media.”
Naga continued: “We’re there to offer a service and ensure persons are knowledgeable, educated and entertained. I believe a licence is value that.”
Naga was rebuked by the BBC final 12 months after commenting on US president Donald Trump’s name for a gaggle of feminine Democrats to “return” to their very own nations.
The company initially dominated that the presenter had breached editorial tips earlier than director-general Lord Tony Corridor reversed the choice.
“There are classes to be learnt. The Breakfast group was very supportive on the time and, since then, I’ve had common conversations with Tony Corridor and different BBC bosses,” she stated.
“My entire technique was to only hold my head down as a result of I did not wish to be the story.”
BBC Breakfast assistant editor Mark Grannell stated of the long-running morning programme: “We’re not the In the present day programme on tv.
“Relying on what the principle information is, we try to inject a bit of sunshine into the shade.
“The interplay between the presenters is admittedly necessary.”
*The total interview is in Radio Instances journal, out now.
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