John Sergeant warns BBC hosts not to become personalities

BBC presenters should resist pressure to become personalities, John Sergeant has said after the Naga Munchetty row.

Sergeant, pictured, who was BBC chief political correspondent, said: ‘There is increasing pressure on presenters to become broadcasting personalities and the rise of social media seems to encourage exaggerated comment. 

On BBC1’s Breakfast, Dan [Walker] and Naga are competing with ITV’s Piers Morgan, an arch tabloid interrogator who is expert at stirring things up with off-the-cuff comments on Good Morning Britain.’

Sergeant, pictured, who was BBC chief political correspondent, said there is 'increasing pressure on presenters to become broadcasting personalities'

Sergeant, pictured, who was BBC chief political correspondent, said there is 'increasing pressure on presenters to become broadcasting personalities'

Sergeant, pictured, who was BBC chief political correspondent, said there is ‘increasing pressure on presenters to become broadcasting personalities’

Sergeant, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News For You after retiring, added: ‘Presenters, and especially BBC presenters, should not interview each other, and they should be careful about banter.’

He told Radio Times that he ‘fully’ supported Miss Munchetty, after the BBC’s director general, Lord Hall, reversed a decision to partially uphold a complaint against her for comments made about Donald Trump to co-host Dan Walker.

She was speaking after the President told four female Democrats to ‘go back’ to their ancestral countries. 

Miss Munchetty said such remarks were ‘embedded in racism’ and left her ‘absolutely furious’.

BBC presenters should resist pressure to become personalities, John Sergeant has said after the Naga Munchetty row. Ms Munchetty is pictured above

BBC presenters should resist pressure to become personalities, John Sergeant has said after the Naga Munchetty row. Ms Munchetty is pictured above

BBC presenters should resist pressure to become personalities, John Sergeant has said after the Naga Munchetty row. Ms Munchetty is pictured above

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