BBC reverse decision to reprimand presenter over Trump comments 10 months ago

BBC reverse decision to reprimand presenter over Trump comments

Naga Munchetty was previously reprimanded over comments made about Donald Trump.

BBC have reversed their decision to censure presenter Naga Munchetty, after having initially stood by their decision.

She had criticised the US President's motives after he said four female politicians of colour should "go back" to "places from which they came".

Munchetty said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism. Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

She went on to say that she was "furious", saying: "Absolutely furious and I can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious a man in that position thinks it’s OK to skirt the lines by using language like that."

Her words were said to have had breached the BBC's editorial guidelines and she was reprimanded as a result.

They have since changed their stance on the topic, with BBC's director general Lord Hall reversing the decision to uphold the complaint made against Munchetty.

Hall stated that "racism is racism and the BBC is not impartial on the topic".

He said: "I have also examined the complaint itself. It was only ever in a limited way that there was found to be a breach of our guidelines. These are often finely balanced and difficult judgements.

"But, in this instance, I don't think Naga's words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made.

"There was never any sanction against Naga and I hope this step makes that absolutely clear."