BBC call in police over complaints about Naga Munchetty that ‘threaten BBC Breakfast presenter’ after flag row
THE BBC have been forced to call in the police following a series of complaints containing threats towards presenter Naga Munchetty.
The morning TV star, 46, and co-presenter Charlie Stayt were at the centre of an impartiality row after Charlie made fun of the size of a national banner draped in the corner of an office behind Housing Minister Robert Jenrick.
His remarks, and Naga’s reaction to them, led to more than 6,000 complaints to the BBC complaint handlers, which were mostly aimed at Naga.
According to Private Eye most of the complaints were classified as showing "overt racism/misogyny" and 70 were logged as "abusive".
Four of the complaints had to be referred to the BBC's security and investigations team due to their threatening nature and the police are now involved.
The BBC declined to comment when contacted by The Sun Online.
During the controversial segment, which aired earlier this month, Charlie teased guest Robert Jenrick, by saying: “I think your flag is not up to standard size, government interview measurements.
“I think it’s just a little bit small, but that’s your department really.”
Naga could be heard laughing as he made the comments, while the Minister grimaced.
After the interview, she added: "The picture of the Queen there as well though, in the Westminster office I assume."
She later ‘liked’ a series of tweets, which said “the flag sh*ggers will be up in arms” and this “should be done every time the Tories roll out one of their talking head ministers”.
Naga was later warned by the BBC about remaining impartial.
She then apologised and in a tweet she said: “I 'liked' tweets today that were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning.
“I have since removed these 'likes'.This does not represent the views of me or the BBC.
"I apologise for any offence taken.”
BBC rules state that news workers have to adhere to a strict online code of conduct which states: “Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.”
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