A BBC Breakfast presenter has apologised for liking “offensive” tweets about a UK government minister’s video call backdrop featuring the British flag.
Naga Munchetty said she had since removed the likes and that they did not represent the views of the broadcaster.
The presenter faced criticism from some online, following an interview on Thursday in which she and her co-host Charlie Stayt drew attention to a large flag and picture of the Queen visible behind the UK’sHousing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Ending the interview, Stayt said: “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. It’s just a thought.”
Mr Jenrick, who was speaking via video call from Westminster, did not respond.
When the camera returned to the studio, Munchetty was seen attempting to stifle her laughter.
She added: “There’s always a flag. They had the picture of the Queen though. In the Westminster office I am assuming.”
What a bizarre thing for the BBC to sneer and snigger at. What’s wrong with ministers of the British government having the flag and the monarch on display? pic.twitter.com/ESgC8BAaab— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) March 18, 2021
Munchetty later apologised for liking a series of tweets that referenced their interview and the flag.
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.— Naga Munchetty (@TVNaga01) March 18, 2021
I have since removed these 'likes'.
This do not represent the views of me or the BBC.
I apologise for any offence taken.
This is not the first time Munchetty has been involved in controversy while presenting.
She was rebuked by the BBC in 2019 after commenting on US president Donald Trump’s call for a group of female Democrats to “go back” to their own countries.
The corporation initially ruled that the presenter had breached editorial guidelines before then director-general Lord Tony Hall reversed the decision.