Disgruntled television viewers have hit back after Naga Munchetty defended BBC licence fees.
The BBC Breakfast star, praised the BBC and its required fee during a recent interview.
Speaking to Radio Times magazine, Naga said: “There’s been noise about the licence fee for decades.
“But at Breakfast, we’re not ratings-driven, we’re not there to garner attention on social media.
“We’re there to provide a service and make sure people are informed, educated and entertained. I think a licence is worth that.”
“I think a licence is worth that”
Her statements sparked dozens of readers taking to Twitter to share their disapproval.
One viewer argued that as Naga’s estimated annual salary of £190,000 is funded by her BBC role, of course she would defend it.
The user shared: “Naga Munchetty is paid in excess of £200,000 per year. Over 75s state pension is ~ £9000 per year.
“Of course she wants pensioners & the British public to keep funding her lifestyle, whilst allowing her to be a mouthpiece for the left wing. #DefundTheBBC.”
Another unhappy viewer even claimed: “Unbelievable that we as licence payers contribute to your ridiculous salary for basically reading the news. An absolute disgraceful amount of money you should be ashamed #nagamunchetty.”
“It’s paid for by a back door tax”
A third tweeted: “If the Breakfast Show was ratings-driven it wouldn’t earn enough to pay minimum wage, but it’s paid for by a back door tax.”
A fourth claimed: “Really? Make it voluntary and let the public make up their own minds on that one.”
And yet another argued: “Here is another reason to cancel your TV Licence. While over 75’s will have to start paying TV licence from 1st August this useless presenter gets £190,000 a year of YOUR money.”
All television owners in the UK are required to pay an annual fee of £157.50 for a colour television or £53 for a black and white television.
These fees are managed by the BBC, who reinvest the money into their entertainment offerings.
Previously over 75s were exempt from paying the fee. However, a change in the rules now requires millions of over 75s to begin paying from August 1 of this year.
However, those that receive pensioners credit will remain exempt.
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