Naga Munchetty threats ‘reported to police’ by BBC after flag controversy
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The BBC has called in the police after receiving numerous threatening complaints about BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty.
The complaints came after she and co-presenter Charlie Stayt became embroiled in criticism for joking about the size of a Union flag in Housing Minister Robert Jenrick’s office.
More than 6,000 complaints were sent in to the BBC following the incident – most classified as showing "overt racism/misogyny" and 70 logged as "abusive", according to Private Eye.
Four of these complaints were referred to the BBC’s security and investigations team due to their threatening nature – and police are now involved.
This is in spite of the fact that Charlie was the one to instigate the comments live on air.
During the interview with Robert Jenrick, Charlie joked: "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 laughed at his comments, while the MP frowned.
Later in the programme, Naga said: "The picture of the Queen there as well though, in the Westminster office I assume."
Naga also liked a series of tweets, one of which read: "The flag sh*ggers will be up in arms" and another which said this "should be done every time the Tories roll out one of their talking head ministers."
The pair were reminded of their responsibilities by BBC bosses, which includes remaining impartial.
Naga offered a public apology at the time, posting to her own Twitter account: "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.
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"I have since removed these 'likes'. This does not represent the views of me or the BBC.
"I apologise for any offence taken."
At the time, the BBC released a statement that said: "Naga and Charlie have been spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities, including the BBC’s impartiality and social media guidelines."
The BBC’s new director-general Tim Davie offered a stark warning to his staff about social media usage in September last year.
New employee guidelines warn not to bring the corporation "into disrepute" with online behaviour, including avoiding bias through follows, likes or shares.
The organisation also came under fire after appearing to prevent its employees from attending certain 'political' events such as Pride parades, though it was later clarified that they would be allowed to attend.
- Naga Munchetty
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