May 28, 2020

BBC Newscaster Naga Munchetty Reprimanded For Trump Remark Complaint

BBC Breakfast show presenter Naga Munchetty has been found to have breached editorial guidelines after criticising Donald Trump for telling black politicians to “go home”.

Munchetty was ruled by the corporation to have overstepped the mark when she put comments by the United States president in the context of racism following a single complaint from a member of the public.

The newscaster said during a discussion with co-host Dan Walker, “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism”.

She further said “absolutely furious a man in that position thinks it’s OK to skirt the lines by using language like that”.

The decision to reprimand Munchetty was made by the BBC’s executive complaints unit, a committee that rules on contentious issues.

Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter, “Naga Munchetty stated a fact. She shared experiences of racism she’s suffered. That can’t be at odds with any editorial guidelines”.

The BBC said the newscaster breached editorial guidelines because their journalists are not allowed to “give their opinions about the individual making the remarks or their motives for doing so”.

BBC management is facing internal clashes with its own journalists who are publicly calling out the corporation when they feel it is falling short on issues relating to diversity.