BBC’s Naga says sorry after liking ‘offensive tweets’ about Union Jack flag

Naga Munchetty has taken to social media and apologised for hitting like on "offensive" tweets about a Government minister's background during a recent interview.

The BBC Breakfast co-anchor has unliked the tweets in question and stated that they do not represent the BBC, who are to remain impartial.

Naga, 46, faced online criticism from social media users after a broadcast on Thursday, during which she noticed a rather large Union Jack flag behind Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

During the interview, Naga's co-anchor Charlie Stayt joked that the flag was "not up to standards" before Munchetty was seen giggling as the camera panned back to her.

Stayt, 58, 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."

However, Robert failed to acknowledge the comment as he appeared on the show, virtually, from his Westminster office.

Charlie added: "You will be aware that every time, we've seen every day that there is always a flag. It is a thing isn't it?"

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Moments after, Naga giggled: "There's always a flag. They had the picture of the Queen though, in the Westminster office, I am assuming."

Now, she has taken to her Twitter page which boasts 246,800 followers saying: "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. Naga."

Viewers were left gobsmacked at Charlie's comments and instantly took to social media to share their thoughts on the issue.

One viewer tweeted: "The end of this interview was awkward – Charlie's comment about the flag was just flat and poorly delivered."

Before a second added: "Charlie Stayt just rudely mocked Robert Jenerick's Union Jack flag and Naga couldn’t wait to get in and snigger about his portrait of the Queen."

"Naga Munchetty why is it funny a politician has a flag and a picture of the queen in their home or office? It is exactly where I'd expect to see them… what is the matter with you?" said third.

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