Naga Munchetty to replace Susanna Reid on BBC Breakfast

Naga Munchetty is to replace Susanna Reid as a presenter on BBC Breakfast.

The 39-year-old will present the MediaCityUK-based show alongside Charlie Stayt from Thursday to Saturday, with main hosts Louise Minchin and Bill Turnbull presenting from Monday to Wednesday.

Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty

Munchetty started her career as a financial journalist on the London Evening Standard and The Observer before moving into TV at CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel 4. She joined the BBC in 2008 as a presenter on BBC Two’s Working Lunch.

Reid left BBC Breakfast to front Good Morning Britain for the ITV rival’s launch in April.

Munchetty said: “I’m so happy to be joining such a successful, popular programme. It’s a real privilege to be on a team which is a big part of the morning routine for millions of viewers in the UK. I’m thrilled that I’ll have my own seat on that famous red sofa.”

BBC Breakfast editor Adam Bullimore added: “I’m really delighted Naga is joining the programme full time. She’s already a familiar face to our viewers and very popular with the team. She has bags of journalistic experience and personality and is a fantastic addition to our regular team of presenters.”

James Harding, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, added: “Naga brings a depth of journalistic experience and a smart curiosity to Britain’s most successful breakfast programme. She’s a terrific broadcaster and I’m sure that she will swiftly establish herself as a key part of the exceptional talented team who draw seven million viewers every morning.”

BBC Breakfast typically averages around 1.5m viewers, with Good Morning Britain averaging around 600,000.

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