|Born||Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah
25 February 1975
Streatham, London, England
|Occupation||Journalist, presenter, businesswoman|
|Notable credit(s)||BBC Breakfast
BBC World News
The Andrew Marr Show
Naga Munchetty (born Sudha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah 25 February 1975; married name Naga Haggar) is a British journalist and television presenter. She currently presents BBC World News at 05:00 GMT on weekday mornings on BBC One, BBC News Channel and BBC World News and makes regular appearances on BBC Breakfast and is the main newsreader on The Andrew Marr Show. She previously presented BBC Two's weekday financial affairs programme Working Lunch alongside Declan Curry.
Born in Streatham, London, Naga Munchetty was a pupil of Graveney School. She studied English literature and language at Leeds University before returning to London to complete a postgraduate degree in newspaper journalism.
Just before joining Working Lunch, Naga was a Senior Presenter for Bloomberg Television. There she covered stories connected with the health of the economy – guiding viewers through the start of the credit crunch, the collapse of Northern Rock and the economic downturn that hit Britain and the rest of the world. At Bloomberg, Naga grilled central bankers, chief executives and fund managers.
Munchetty's television career began as a reporter for Reuters Financial Television, after which she worked as a senior producer for CNBC Europe, a business producer and reporter for Channel 4 News and a presenter on Bloomberg Television.
Munchetty joined Working Lunch after the show was revamped in October 2008 and stayed with the programme until it finished in July 2010. Munchetty has hosted Radio 4's Money Box. She also reports from the City for BBC News, gauging the reaction to breaking financial stories such as the Budget, and the Pre-Budget Report.
Since August 2010, Munchetty has presented early morning bulletins (UKT) on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, as well as presenting relief on the news channel, Breakfast and The Andrew Marr Show.
In the Christmas 2012 episode of Celebrity Mastermind broadcast on BBC 2 on 2 January 2013 Munchetty beat her nearest competitor by five points with a score of 28; her specialist subject was "the Ryder Cup, 1979–2012".
Munchetty has a passion for music and can play the jazz trumpet and classical piano. She also has a knack for making cocktails, a skill she learnt while working in bars and pubs during her student days. She lives with her husband James (the Director of the former ITV morning programme Daybreak) in Hertfordshire.
She won Celebrity Mastermind (broadcast on BBC TV on 2 January 2013) where she admitted to a passion for golf playing at least five times a week, and would like to take up the game as a professional. In October 2012 Naga, playing under her married name, won the Hertfordshire de Paula Cup at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club. This competition is scratch match-play knockout for handicaps 10–18.
- Naga Munchetty BBC News, 3 October 2008
- BBC's Working Lunch show to end BBC News, 23 April 2010
- Money Box BBC Radio 4, 24 July 2010
- The Full Story: Budget 2010 BBC News, 24 March 2010
- The Full Story: Pre-Budget report BBC News, 9 December 2009
- "Breakfast". Naga Munchetty. BBC. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- The Spending Review – The South Today Debate BBC One, 9 September 2010
- The Host – Naga Munchetty Paranormal Investigation: Live, Living TV
- Golf Today (UK): "Confessions of a Golf Addict -- Naga Munchetty"
- Hertfordshire de Paula Cup hosted by Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October 2012