Naga Munchetty addresses ‘first mistake’ on new show after slip-up with Nicky Campbell

Naga Munchetty says new BBC Radio 5 Live role is a 'dream'

Naga Munchetty, 45, began her latest venture at the helm of Radio 5 Live yesterday morning after taking over the reins from presenter Emma Barnett. After three years, Emma has stepped down from the role, leaving it in the capable hands of the BBC star who admitted she had already made a mistake when she greeted her new radio colleague Nicky Campbell.

I called call him Nicky Clarke! He took it rather graciously actually

Naga Munchetty

On her mid-morning show, Naga addressed her new audience: “It’s the first working day for many of the New Year, first day in my new job and I’m loving it so far.

“So what we’re going to to do is speak to people embracing a new way of life in 2021, it’s an exciting way to start the New Year and new job; its very nerve-wracking!”

But the host confessed she had made a slip-up and called Nicky by the wrong name.

“I made my first mistake before I even started the program this morning,” she giggled.

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“By getting Nicky Campbell’s name wrong!”

She revealed she had called him after the popular haircare brand Nicky Clarke, but luckily the journalist found it quite funny.

“I called call him Nicky Clarke! He took it rather graciously actually,” Naga continued.

“He said that he will aspire to be a hair coiffure in the future.”

Aside from the first mistake of the year, Naga seemed to be settling into her new role nicely and fans couldn’t wait to praise her on social media.

Ahead of her big debut on 5 Live, Naga recently opened up about gender inequality in the work place when it comes to pay.

Last year, she backed her BBC colleague Samira Ahmed in her pay dispute back in January of 2020, and the BBC Breakfast host was more than happy to brand pay inequality “morally unacceptable”.

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Presenter Samira won the employment tribunal she brought against the BBC in a dispute over equal pay.

The Newswatch star claimed she was underpaid by £700,000 for hosting the audience feedback show when it was compared with Jeremy Vine’s salary for his program Points of View.

She had told the tribunal, which ended in November, that she “could not understand how pay for me, a woman, could be so much lower than Jeremy Vine, a man, for presenting very similar programmes and doing very similar work”.

The BBC revealed Jeremy was paid £3,000 per episode between 2008 and 2018 whereas Samira got £440 for Newswatch, which is shown on the BBC News Channel and BBC Breakfast.

After the verdict, she said she was “glad it’s been resolved”.

On the topic, Naga said: “There is no argument to be had against equal pay.

“Never mind the fact that it was always morally unacceptable, it’s socially unacceptable to not believe in equality.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One and Naga’s Radio 5 Live slot will begin at 10am.

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