BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty charging £15,000 to speak at events on top of £195k salary and ad deals
BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty has already angered her bosses at the Beeb after she was caught moonlighting for a second time.
So it is a surprise to learn that on top of her £195,000 salary, she also charges a whopping £15,000 a time for speaking engagements.
Naga is on the books of leading international agency Speakers Corner and is in demand for jobs such as hosting business conferences.
The firm says of her skills: “Naga also has extensive live event experience, having hosted forums and interviews for both Bloomberg and the BBC, while corporate clients include numerous trade associations and financial organisations, chairing conferences, hosting awards and providing financial overviews on the economy.
“Naga makes an excellent addition to any corporate event, as host or speaker.”
She is one of a number of broadcasting heavyweights currently working on the speaking circuit.
Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell charges about £12,000 for an appearance, veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart asks £8,000 and Beeb journalists John Pienaar and Clive Myrie can be booked for £7,500 and £5,000.
Naga was warned about conflicts of interest earlier this year after she was paid to appear in a corporate PR video for the luxury car maker Aston Martin.
The presenter has now been given a second warning about “external engagements” after pocketing a fee for shooting a series of business interviews for NatWest bank.
The telling-off comes just days after new BBC director-general Tim Davie said there would be a crackdown on stars using their status at the BBC to make money working for private companies.
Bad news for Naga, then.
LAST year’s Apprentice winner Carina Lepore has opened her second bakery after becoming Lord Sugar’s business partner.
She showed the mogul around the new premises and offered him a chance to taste some sweet treats at the Dough Artisan Bakehouse in Beckenham, South East London.
Because of the pandemic, it has taken Carina nine months to expand the business following her victory on the BBC1 show – and she now hopes to take on Greggs.
You can’t say she isn’t ambitious.
WHAT? Can We Cure Kids’ Cancer? Channel 4, 10pm.
WHY? Documentary follows three children as they undergo treatment for previously incurable cancer and are given a chance at survival with pioneering methods.
Snub by Lauren
LAUREN Goodger is the latest Towie star to snub its ten-year anniversary reunion.
She joins her ex-boyfriend Mark Wright and Lucy Mecklenburgh, who have also refused to appear on the ITV2 special.
A source said: “Lauren really appreciates everything the show did to launch her career and is never one to forget her roots.
“Sadly, she simply doesn’t have enough time in the day to do everything she would like.
“She couldn’t commit to filming schedules for the reunion, which made it impossible for her to sign up.”
It comes after Amy Childs, who is returning, blasted Mark for being a big head for missing the reunion.
She told me: “Towie basically made us all, so I think it’s only fair we come back to support the show’s ten-year anniversary.”
The old cast members seem to be dropping out like flies.
MACKENZIE Crook is to return as Worzel Gummidge in an hour-long film, following the success of his 2019 mini-series. Shirley Henderson and Vanessa Redgrave will also star in the new adventure on BBC1.
A good night's work
CONTROVERSIAL dating show One Night Only – which gives couples the chance to find romance with someone else – has officially been given the go-ahead for a full series.
The Sun on Sunday revealed back in February the pilot had impressed bosses so much with its good viewing figures that the show was going to be picked up.
It will land on BBC3 as a six-part box set on September 20.
It features partners who are on the brink of splitting up or are at a new stage, such as moving in together.
They are sent on separate dates at the same restaurant with someone who might be a better match.
Couples compare notes the morning after and then decide to stick or split.
The pilot had a happy ending after Stevie and Bonnie opted to move in together, despite Stevie saying his date was “my type to a T”.
FROM tomorrow, BT Sport customers get access to the app on Fire TV streaming devices, launching in time for the Premier League season this weekend.
There is also access to sports including Premiership Rugby, boxing and UFC.
Emily is quids in
EMILY Atack has earned more than £100,000 since appearing on I’m A Celebrity.
The 2018 runner-up now has £97,000 in the bank plus £12,000 owed, accounts for her company Twin Soul show.
She finished second to Harry Redknapp in the series that relaunched her career, after she first appeared in The Inbetweeners as Charlotte.
Since leaving the jungle she has presented spin-off Extra Camp, embarked on a one-woman comedy show and released a memoir.
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