Naga Munchetty 'supplements BBC salary with speaking engagements'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2020
Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty

BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty charges £15,000 a time for speaking engagements, according to a report

Naga Munchetty reportedly charges £15,000 a time for speaking engagements.

The 45-year-old presenter currently earns a salary of around £195,000 from her job at the BBC, but Naga – who is on the books of leading international agency Speakers Corner – has also managed to supplement her income with a series of well-paid speaking engagements, according to The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column.

Speakers Corner says of the newsreader: "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."

Earlier this year, Naga was given a warning by the BBC after she was paid to star in a PR video for carmaker Aston Martin.

And she's reportedly now been given a second warning by the broadcaster after appearing in a series of business interviews for NatWest bank.

Tim Davie, the BBC director-general, recently urged stars not to use their status with the broadcaster to make money working for private firms.

Meanwhile, Naga claimed in July that there are "lessons to be learnt" from the 2019 controversy surrounding the BBC's guidelines.

The TV presenter was ruled to have breached the broadcaster's guidelines by criticising US President Donald Trump for perceived racist comments, and although the decision was later overturned, she thinks lessons can be learned from the incident.

Naga said: "There are lessons to be learnt.

"The 'Breakfast' team was very supportive at the time and, since then, I've had regular conversations with [former BBC director-general] Tony Hall and other BBC bosses.

"My whole strategy was to just keep my head down because I didn't want to be the story."

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