Naga Munchetty fears she’s ‘in trouble’ after hitting out at ‘meaningless twaddle’ on show

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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty, 45, has shared her worries after sparked backlash from some of her BBC Radio 5 Live listeners, as she shared her dislike of engaging in small talk on-air yesterday. The presenter debated the subject and admitted she finds the type of conversation to only consist of “meaningless twaddle”.

Naga began her show by asking listeners for their thoughts on the issue, saying: “Small talk – are you any good at it? 

“I can’t stand it, I avoid it at all costs, I just don’t want to ask mundane questions to strangers and then be given answers, to be honest, that I’m not really interested in.

“Well a university is offering classes in small talk, maybe I should think about it! 

“There are concerns that many of us may be losing the skill of conversation since it seems that all we talk about is coronavirus. 

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“What are we going to talk about when we do go back to work and pubs and restaurants?”

After discussing her hatred of small talk with listeners and experts on the show, Naga admitted she was concerned she could be “in a bit of trouble” after her views on the subject caused controversy.

She chuckled and said: “We’ve been talking about small talk and I’m in a bit of trouble, I think, for confessing I don’t like it.”

However, Naga was relieved to discover that some of her listeners had been siding with her in the debate, although she had been branded “grumpy” by others.


She explained: “Although what I will say is many of you have been coming down on my side on this.

“I have been called grumpy, yes.”

Further clarifying her opinion, Naga divulged: “I don’t mind a proper chat, a good old deep and meaningful.

“It’s the meaningless twaddle, to be completely honest, that really gets to me.”

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The BBC favourite continued: “Denise in London says, ‘The initial small talk gives you context which can then give a purpose to the chat so it’s more fulfilling’.”

Okay Denise, you’re probably right, I’m open to views and tips and hearing from you as well.

“It’s got us talking,” Naga laughed, before adding, “There’s the irony!” 

The star went on to encourage more of her listeners to get in touch and share their views on the subject.

Meanwhile, Naga won big at the Eastern Eye’s Arts and Culture Awards (ACTA) which recognises British Asian talent in a wide range of disciplines including literature, film, television and theatre.

The journalist shared her delight after winning the prize in the Best Presenter category.

Following her win, Naga gushed: “I’m absolutely honoured to win the Eastern Eye Award for Best Presenter, especially among a strong field of nominees.

“Thank you to the judging panel for this accolade. And congratulations to all the other nominees.”


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