Naga Munchetty reacts to BBC co-star’s candid post about 5 Live role amid shake-up concern

Naga Munchetty puts guest ‘on the spot’

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Naga Munchetty, 46, took to Twitter and thanked her BBC Radio 5 Live colleague Nihal Arthanayake, 50, after the broadcaster was praised for being a “great addition” to the line up. It comes just a day after it was announced there would be a slight schedule change in November.

Rick Edwards has been announced as the host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s breakfast show.

He’ll be taking over from Nicky Campbell in the morning slot, who is expected to have a later morning slot.

Naga, who joined 5 Live last year, took the opportunity to congratulate her new colleague before being praised by Nihal yesterday.

In view of his 107,000 followers, he penned: “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. @TVNaga01 is such a great addition to @bbc5live.”

“Ah thanks my friend,” Naga replied, in view of her 259,000 followers.

Fans were quick to comment on the post, sparking some concern with her regular listeners.

One quizzed: “What’s happening come November tho Naga. I see a new schedule announced for Radio 5 Live from November?”(sic)

Another quizzed: “Agreed, but I heard yesterday Nicky [Campbell] is moving to a later morning show? Surely that would be the same slot Naga occupies now.”

Naga currently presents her radio show from Monday to Wednesday from 10am.

Yesterday, Nicky confirmed on Twitter he’ll be presenting from 9am until 11am on weekdays.

He wrote in response to fan that he’ll be on from “9-11am x”. has contacted BBC representatives for comment.

On the official BBC Radio 5 Live account, they confirmed Nicky’s later timeslot, tweeting: “Nicky [Campbell] is moving to present a later show on 5 Live every weekday morning.”

Host Rick will replace Nick’s earlier morning slot alongside BBC Breakfast presenter Rachel Burden.


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Meanwhile, listeners inundated Naga with comments after her co-star Nihal’s sweet message.

One wrote: “Naga is fantastic on the radio and brings so much hardwork into the programme which is amazing. Great with people and brings stories to life.”(sic)

Another penned: “She’s fantastic. A proper role model for women.”

“So true, wit, charm and intelligence, she has it all,” a third gushed.

Meanwhile, Naga will soon bid farewell to her long-time BBC Breakfast colleague Louise Minchin who confirmed her last day on the show this week.

The TV anchor announced her exit from the programme in June but confirmed her last day will be September 15.

Louise has been a permanent fixture on the red sofa for the past 16 years.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

Naga Munchetty presents on BBC Radio 5Live Monday to Wednesday from 10am.

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