BBC’s Naga Munchetty ‘proud’ as she’s up for award after ‘traumatic’ experience

BBC Radio presenter Naga Munchetty has taken to social media to speak of her pride after being nominated for a Radio Times Moment Of The Year award.

The BBC Breakfast presenter revealed that her Radio 5 Live show has been nominated for an award for an episode where the star discussed what she called one of her "most traumatic experiences" with listeners.

Last June, the 47-year-old presenter opened up about having a contraceptive coil fitted, revealing that she fainted twice from the pain of the procedure.

Posting a snippet from the episode online, Naga wrote: "This has been nominated for 'Radio Times Moment Of The Year'.

"So proud of the work our @bbc5live team put into this important subject to be aired."

Sharing a candid quote from the snippet, Naga continued: "My screams were so loud that my husband tried to find out what room I was in to make it stop."

Adoring fans were quick to comment with words of encouragement and support.

One wrote: "Amazing radio – it was/is so powerful to hear other people's experiences."

Another added: "Well done Naga! Hugely important to raise awareness through open and honest discussions," while a third agreed: "Congrats, and well-deserved… So happy this issue is being highlighted more."

During the episode, Naga went on to say: "We all know that coils are safe and effective and lots of women have no problem at all with them but like all medical procedures, there's a vast range of experiences."

Naga, who has been married to husband James Haggar since 2004, had further problems when her coil was removed a year later, saying: "The pain again was excruciating. I fainted again, and then I burst into tears of relief."

The moment Naga shared her excruciating experience of having an IUD fitted, and changed the national conversation around pain relief for gynaecological procedures. With 1.7 million people reading the resulting BBC news article.

The following month, NHS England announced that pain relief would be routinely offered before coil fittings and extractions and Naga retweeted the news story with the comment: "A step forward…"

The Audio and Radio Industry Awards RIAs honour the best in radio from the past year.

Other nominees up against Naga for the coveted Moment of the Year Award include Adele Roberts returning to Radio 1 after treatment for bowel cancer, Richard Osman revealing his food addiction on Desert Island Discs and Annie Mac's last show on Radio 1.

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