Naga, 45, has become a prominent star of BBC Breakfast over the years, usually presenting alongside a number of her colleagues during the latter half of the week. The journalist has been on the air this week, sharing hosting duties with Charlie, 58, to update BBC viewers on the latest headlines from around the world. Usually, on Saturday’s, Munchetty is seen on the red sofa but those watching at home tuned in to watch Rachel, 45, instead.
The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter does appear frequently on the programme at the weekends, though she is not the permanent host for Saturdays.
Instead, Rachel usually oversees proceedings on Sundays, presenting alongside the likes of Roger Johnson, 51, or Jon Kay, 51.
Viewers might recognise the broadcaster as the journalist who manned the reins of the coronavirus news specials at the beginning of the pandemic in April.
According to the BBC Breakfast website, she is not one of the main team members, with Naga and Louise Minchin, 52, sitting at the top of the list.
Rather, she is known as one of the relief news anchors who steps in when one of the main stars takes a welcome break from the programme.
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It wasn’t explicitly referenced why Naga wasn’t on the iconic red sofa as the programme began at 6am with Charlie and his co-host for Saturday introducing one another.
The keen golfer didn’t mention she would be on the show either, simply telling viewers at the end of Friday’s edition of headline round-up someone would be informing them of the latest developments at the weekend.
This isn’t the first time the broadcaster has been absent from proceedings at the weekend, with the likes of Nina Warhurst or Sally Nugent, 49, filling in.
With Rachel being the journalist to step-in on Saturday, it is likely the relief news anchors follow a rota system as to who takes on the hosting duties.
It wasn’t until 2011 the journalist then replaced Shelagh Fogarty, 54, as the permanent weekday breakfast show presenter.
This was a role she shared with former Watchdog star Nicky Campbell, 59, and continues to do so as they discuss news and sport from the UK and around the world.
Only five years ago in 2015 did Rachel make her first appearance as a presenter on BBC Breakfast as she was introduced as a relief news anchor for the show.
The journalist has previously spoken out about moving up North from London when the network relocated their base to Salford in the same year she secured her job at Radio 5 Live.
“It didn’t take much thinking about. I was fortunate with the timing – my children were young, my husband had flexibility with work.
“And we had no ties to London and there was the lure of a brilliant job,” the broadcaster explained of the move to Cheshire.
“Also, I knew Cheshire reasonably well already because my parents had lived here, two of my brothers were born in Stockport and I have a cousin in Stockton Heath.
“The one big wrench was that I was used to having my mum on the doorstep, but they come up regularly,” she told Cheshire Life.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.