Naga Munchetty is to complete the family of presenters who front the flagship morning news programme, BBC Breakfast
Naga Munchetty was yesterday confirmed as second female presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Her appointment comes three months after former main presenter Susanna Reid defected to ITV, where she is seen on Good Morning Britain by fewer than half of the 1.5million who regularly watch BBC Breakfast.
On landing the plum role, Naga said: “I’m so happy to be joining such a successful, popular programme. It’s a real privilege to be on a team which is a big part of the morning routine for millions of viewers in the UK. I’m thrilled that I’ll have my own seat on that famous red sofa.”
An avid golfer, with a handicap of 9, Naga won Celebrity Mastermind last year, with her specialist subject The Ryder Cup 1979-Present. She also ran the London Marathon last year – and vowed never to do it again.
Naga Munchetty is to complete the family of presenters who front the flagship morning news programme, BBC Breakfast.
Married Naga, 39, started her career as a financial journalist working on the London Evening Standard and The Observer before moving in to television with jobs at CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel 4. She joined the BBC in 2008 as a presenter on BBC2’s Working Lunch.
BBC Breakfast Editor Adam Bullimore said:“I’m really delighted Naga is joining the programme full time. She’s already a familiar face to our viewers and very popular with the team. She has bags of journalistic experience and personality and is a fantastic addition to our regular team of presenters.”
James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, added: “Naga brings a depth of journalistic experience and a smart curiosity to Britain’s most successful breakfast programme. She’s a terrific broadcaster and I’m sure that she will swiftly establish herself as a key part of the exceptional talented team who draw seven million viewers every morning.”
Stephe McGovern will continue as business presenter, while Sally Nugent and Mike Bushell front the sports reports.
BBC Breakfast, which launched in 2000, moved to the BBC’s MediaCityUK base in Salford in 2012. It is watched by over 12 million viewers per week.