Naga Munchetty pays tribute to BBC co-star as they quit


Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty congratulated Jonathan Blake on his new job (Picture: BBC)

Naga Munchetty has paid a heartfelt tribute to her BBC co-star Jonathan Blake as he moves on to pastures new.

The political correspondent announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had quit the broadcaster after 16 years to work in communications.

Among those bidding him farewell was the BBC presenter, 48, who commented: ‘Congratulations! At least we get to chat to you [on] @BBCBreakfast this morning before you go x.’

Jonathan replied: ‘Thank you Naga! yes, not quite done yet :).’

The broadcaster, who said he had worked in journalism for two decades and needed a change, had explained on social media: ‘Some news from me… After 16 years at the BBC and two decades as a journalist it’s time for change and a new challenge.

‘Tough to say goodbye to so many fab friends and colleagues but thrilled to be joining the brilliant team at @HeadlandComms very soon.!’

Naga Munchetty

Naga worked with Jonathan on BBC Breakfast (Picture: BBC)

Jonathan Blake

Jonathan is swapping a career in journalism for comms (Picture: Twitter)

Other BBC stars sharing their well-wishes were Martine Croxall, who said: ‘Great loss to us, JB. Good luck!’

BBC News’ Ben Thompson penned: ‘End of an era! Happy days as trainees all those years ago…!’

‘I’m so sorry we’re losing you, Jonathan! Huge loss for us. Your reports have always been very sharp. Always really appreciated having you as a colleague and wishing you all the best with your next adventure,’ BBC’s World Service’s Rich Preston added.


After working as a broadcast journalist on Manchester radio stations, Jonathan joined the BBC in 2009 as a New York-based reporter for Radio One’s Newsbeat.

Jonathan later worked in various positions at the broadcaster, including news correspondent, Washington reporter and head of visual journalism, before becoming political correspondent at BBC News.

Naga, meanwhile, has recently mourned the loss of BBC colleague George Alagiah following his death from bowel cancer aged 67.

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Sounding on the verge of tears while presenting BBC Radio 5 Live last month, she said:

‘We’ve had the very sad news that our colleague George Alagiah, BBC presenter – you all know him – who has been living with bowel cancer since 2014 – he has since stepped back from presenting BBC News,’ she said.

‘We’ve just heard the news he has died [aged 67]. We’ve just heard that from his agent,’

As Munchetty became choked up, the BBC Breakfast presenter said: ‘Apologies for the emotion in my voice – he was so loved in our newsroom.

‘We’ve had that news, we’ll bring you more a little bit later, Rebecca apologies for the interruption, you have the rest of the sport.’

Other broadcasters, including Dan Walker and Jeremy Vine, also paid tribute to Alagiah on social media.

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