Naga Munchetty reacts to colleagues new role who laments bags under my eyes will worsen

Naga Munchetty says ‘I hate to be rude’ to guest

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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty responded to her colleague Sima Kotecha who has been appointed as the UK Editor for Newsnight. It comes just weeks after it was announced that former editor Esme Wren had stepped down from the position.

Taking to Twitter, Sima penned a message in view of her 28,300 followers.

The message read: “Bit of job news: Delighted to be appointed UK Editor for @BBCNewsnight – opportunity to do more high impact investigative journalism that matters to viewers & wider public.

“Sure bags under eyes will worsen & late dinners will provide more heartburn but can’t wait to start in January.”

The broadcaster was swiftly inundated with congratulatory messages with the BBC Breakfast presenter being one of the first to send her well wishes.

In view of her 263,000 followers, Naga wrote: “Woohoo! Congratulations xx.” (sic)

BBC broadcaster Nina Warhurst penned: “Sima! That’s MEGA. Congrats. We’ll have to meet for a 9am cocktail as it’s the only hour that suits us both.”

Journalist Paul Brand commented: “Massive congrats Sima! Utterly brilliant appointment. Look forward to working alongside you even more.”

BBC editor Jeremy Bowen remarked: “Congratulations. Great opportunity, great job that you’ll do brilliantl”

Esme added: “So well deserved @sima_kotecha, an excellent investigative journalist and a wonderful colleague. Looking forward to seeing how you define the role.”

The former BBC Newsnight editor announced that she had quit her role at the public broadcaster last month.

Esme, who oversaw Prince Andrew’s bombshell interview with Emily Maitlis, has moved to Channel 4.

At the time, the veteran journalist explained that it was time for a new change.


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She began: “1/4 PERSONAL NEWS – I have just announced to the Newsnight team that I will be leaving the programme and the BBC.

“Editing the show over the past three years has been the greatest privilege of my career, working alongside some of the best talent in the industry, too many to mention.”

Esme went on: “2/4 They are one of the most committed, tenacious, creative teams in the industry and I will miss them greatly along with all my BBC colleagues who work relentlessly hard to deliver the best content for their audience.

“3/4 I’m hugely excited to be appointed Editor of Channel 4 News and lead their fantastic team of talented presenters, reporters & producers.

“C4 has a rich history of reporting from across the globe, leading some of the most significant investigations of our time.”

Esme finished: “4/4 I will look forward to further growing its audience across all platforms and build on its strong heritage of speaking to young and underserved audiences. I hope to take up the post in the New Year.”

Meanwhile, BBC Newsnight’s official Twitter account shared the news of Sima’s appointment.

It wrote: “We’re pleased to announce that Sima Kotecha has been appointed #Newsnight’s UK Editor. Sima will be based in Birmingham for this key role, using the city as a base as she reports from across the four nations of the UK.”


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