BBC Breakfast: Naga Munchetty grills Paul Scully on energy crisis
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Naga Munchetty is normally seated next to co-host Charlie Stayt on the red sofa from Thursday to Saturday, and the 46-year-old was absent from the morning show. The programme’s business and consumer presenter Nina Warhurst stepped in to present BBC Breakfast with Charlie, with the pair discussing the latest headlines.
There was no mention on the show of Naga’s absence or why Nina was presenting instead.
Naga is a staple of the BBC Breakfast team, having been a part of it since 2010.
It’s commonplace for other members of the team to lead the show when a presenter is away or can’t make it, and as well as Nina, Sally Nugent and Rachel Burden often assume the role of stand in host.
Naga didn’t address her absence on her Twitter page, but responded to a post from the show’s account.
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The normal rotation for presenters on the show sees Dan Walker fronting the show from Monday to Wenesday.
Dan’s previous co-presenter Louise Minchin has recently left the programme after 20 years.
Charlie and Naga usually take up the remainder of weekdays, with Ben Thompson, Roger Johnson and Sally Nugent often presenting on weekends.
Naga shared a clip posted on BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning, which showed her colleague Charlie telling meteorologist Carol Kirkwood she should be in a James Bond film.
Retweeting the clip to her 260,000 followers, Naga added a laughing emoji.
Fans of the show also took to Twitter to comment on Nina’s hosting of the show, with many surprised to see her.
Ellie Whitehead wrote: “@oakapplehabdash Very pleased to see that its Charlie and @NinaWarhurst on today #bbcbreakfast I’d like to see Nina getting the permanent spot please @BBCBreakfast.”
Auld Bryan penned: “#bbcbreakfast Charlie and Northern Nina look like they’ve just got back from a special screening of the latest Bond movie..”
“It’s good manners to avoid interrupting the interviewee when they’re trying to answer your questions & not to start reading your script, completely ignoring what they are saying! Poor & unprofessional @BBCBreakfast @NinaWarhurst #news,” Jayne argued, referencing Nina’s discussion with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke.
Dan echoed Jayne’s view, writing: “Well done @NinaWarhurst for challenging Simon Clarke properly this morning. Refreshing to hear a push back and some well informed follow up questions.”
Annie Dewaw commented: “Good to see @NinaWarhurst on Breakfast. I like her style, she’s a genuine person. Nina always does her research and it shows.”
Meanwhile, Naga updated her fans with her recent activity by revealing she’d been at the premiere of new James Bond film, No Time to Die.
Posting a photo of James Bond Dry Martini gourmet popcorn, she wrote: “I was lucky enough to see #NoTimeToDie last night at the premiere… Love the film.
“Loved the atmosphere. Also Really loved finding this under my seat. (And snaffled a couple that were left behind) #NoTimeForSpoilers.”
She added the snack was “very tasty indeed” when asked by a fan how it tasted.
BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC.
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