BBC Breakfast Naga Munchetty forced to apologise to viewers for Jon Kay shutdown

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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty was forced to apologise to viewers during Thursday's instalment of the morning programme, after a tense exchange with her co-presenter Jon Kay.

The pair were hosting the show together in regular presenter Charlie Stayt's absence.

It began as they introduced the topics of the day – including the return of iconic children's show Grange Hill as a feature film and a young man who is building up Teletext service Ceefax for the modern era.

Naga kicked off the conversation by laughing: "All I can say this morning, you’re gonna say the same thing…"

Jon predicted: "Grange Hill."

Grinning, his co-star added: "Ceefax. Our morning meeting was literally spent recalling how much fun we used to have with Ceefax!"

Naga's apology to viewers, however, swiftly followed the discussion, as she interjected: "So, people of a certain age… I'm sorry if you're of a certain age and don't get it!

"But it was like… you got the TV guide, you got the news. You had to sit for ages watching Ceefax pages!"

She added: "You could book holidays on it – our director Tim remembers that!"

But things then took a swift turn for the awkward, as Jon was forced to correct Naga on her assessment of the service. He said: "No, that was on ITV. Oracle, wasn't it?"

A red-faced Naga said: "Oh, you couldn't book it… oh! Ceefax was BBC."

Clearly sensing the tension, Jon said: "Well, maybe you could, I don't know."

Steering the conversation quickly on, Naga said: "And you got all your news updates and your weather. Oh, it was fabulous!"

The awkward segment of the programme, however, wasn't quite over, as Jon hedged: "It’s just like that thing they call the internet!"

Which is when Naga was forced to shut him down, snapping: "No, it was nothing like it. It was nothing like it!"

Taking the whole thing in his stride, Jon giggled to the camera: "You’re watching breakfast on the 6th of January 1986! Thank you for joining us this morning."

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.

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