PUBLISHED: 11:20, Tue, Sep 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:41, Tue, Sep 8, 2020
Naga Munchetty, 45, who earns up to £195,000 per year, is said to have been warned by BBC bosses after appearing in a business interview series for NatWest. The BBC Breakfast presenter hosted webinars for the bank one month after she was reportedly told off for fronting a paid corporate video for luxury car maker Aston Martin.
Naga can be seen speaking to celebrity guests in the videos for NatWest, which are entitled “In Conversation With…”
The guests include former politician and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls, the captain of England's cricket team, Eoin Morgan, and perfume entrepreneur Jo Malone.
Naga’s move comes after the BBC’s new director general Tim Davie shared his plans for a “crackdown” on the broadcaster’s impartiality rules.
He said in a speech last week: “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”
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Tim revealed there would be “clearer direction on the declaration of external interests” in light of concerns that news stars had risked undermining impartiality with their corporate work.
He also pointed out that the BBC should be “utterly impartial”.
The BBC told MailOnline that Naga has been warned her work with NatWest “could be seen as a conflict of interest and will be kept in mind for future editorial decisions”.
Although Naga’s videos were filmed before Davie landed the job, The Sun has claimed that BBC sources are “furious about [Naga’s] external engagements”.
Naga Munchetty previously appeared in a paid corporate video for Aston Martin