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Today’s hot topic: Has Naga gotcha annoyed?


HE settled on to the BBC Breakfast sofa ready for a lively chat about the election – you know, Brexit and all that.

Instead, Boris Johnson was ambushed by Naga Munchetty with a barrage of barbed questions about his private life, his girlfriend, his children … and even if he could make a decent cup of tea.

Her prickly, dismissive tone clearly irritated the PM. But what irked him most about the interview on Friday was when she asked whether, being from a privileged, Eton-educated background, he was ‘relatable’ to ordinary families.

Cleared annoyed, the PM fired back that the question was ‘ridiculous’.

Seemingly hoping to produce a ‘gotcha’ moment that would make the headlines, Ms Munchetty had turned what should have been a civilised conversation into an aggressive inquisition.

It echoed the interruptive, sarcastic, interrogation style that has become something of a BBC trademark thanks to the likes of Jeremy Paxman and Nick Robinson.

So has the BBC lost the plot before the election is even two weeks old? Does the Munchetty ‘gotcha’ approach inform, educate, or entertain any longer? Discuss!

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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