BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty has stated that she believes the licence rate is “worth” paying for forward of the broadcaster’s plans to finish loose TV licences for the ones over 75.
Speaking to the Radio Times mag, the 45-year-old stated that the BBC supplies a provider which helps to keep audience “informed, educated and entertained”.
“There’s been noise about the licence fee for decades,” she stated. “But at Breakfast, we’re not ratings-driven, we’re not there to garner attention on social media.”
“We’re there to provide a service and make sure people are informed, educated and entertained. I think a licence is worth that.”
From Saturday 1st August, over-75s might be required to pay the £157.50 licence rate, a metamorphosis which was once firstly intended to take impact on 1st June however was once postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The presenter additionally spoke out about being present in breach of editorial pointers through the BBC final 12 months, after expressing her opinion on air when President Donald Trump advised 4 US congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.
At the time, the presenter stated that Trump’s feedback have been “embedded in racism”, including: “I can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that position feels it’s OK to skirt the lines with using language like that.”
Munchetty stated that “there are lessons to be learnt” from the ordeal, which sooner or later noticed the BBC opposite its resolution.
“The Breakfast team was very supportive at the time and, since then, I’ve had regular conversations with Tony Hall and other BBC bosses,” she added. “My whole strategy was to just keep my head down because I didn’t want to be the story.”
Munchetty has been a presenter on the BBC since 2010, having fronted announcements at the BBC News Channel, BBC World News and now BBC One’s Breakfast.