Mr Humphreys waded in on the row, which saw prominent black and Asian journalists and broadcasters call for the decision on Miss Muchetty being reprimanded, to be overturned.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he said the BBC’s handling of the issue was ‘muddled’ and that sometimes lines ‘should be stepped over’.
‘There is a difference between a reporter/presenter/analyst/expert whom you have called in to seek their opinions. The audience I think wants to hear their opinions.’
But Mr Humphreys also highlighted that it was not the job of a BBC presenter to voice certain opinions.
John Humphreys appeared on Good Morning Britain today and discussed how the BBC operates
Naga Munchetty (above with Dan Walker) had come under fire for saying she had been furious with comments by Trump
His comments come after the BBC’s chief Lord Hall overturned a ruling by the BBC’s executive complaints unit (ECU) that Munchetty’s comments about Trump breached editorial guidelines.
Mr Humphreys added that ‘we need variety in broadcast’ and said that Miss Munchetty was well within her rights to describe her experiences.
‘If Naga wants to say as a woman of colour, this has happened to me, this is my experience, then she is absolutely entitled to say that, she’s not offering an opinion she is stating a fact.
‘It is difficult she said in essence sometimes to be a woman of colour in this country given certain attitudes.
‘I want to hear that, but I don’t want to hear her then offering her analysis of Trump’s motivations, that is not the job’.
Mr Humphreys said the issue was that Miss Muchetty wasn’t able to offer analysis of the situation and just her personal opinion.
‘She was invited to offer a few thoughts she wasn’t wearing a little halo saying ‘I can’t entertain that thought because it’s not for presenters to do’, she is only human.
‘It would have been dull and slightly silly. I don’t think she did anything terribly wrong.
‘On the other hand maybe the bosses were slightly right – maybe the bosses were right when they said they stepped over the line. But sometimes lines need to be stepped over.’
After reviewing the ECU decision himself, Lord Hall said: ‘I don’t think Naga’s words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made.
The complaint against Miss Munchetty had been in regards to comments made about Donald Trump
‘There was never any sanction against Naga and I hope this step makes that absolutely clear.’
But former BBC chairman Lord Grade told Newsnight: ‘I don’t care who it alienated, the BBC’s impartiality is sacrosanct and the BBC has to defend that.
‘The day it concedes anything in the way of impartiality, spells the end of BBC journalism.’
Miss Muchetty made the comments on July 17 this year after she told co-host, Dan Walker, that she was furious with Donald Trump following his comments about his political rivals to ‘go home’.
Lord Hall (pictured above) said: ‘I don’t think Naga’s words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint’
After Dan’s interview with Jan Halper-Hayes from the Trump Victory 2020 Campaign about whether Trump is a racist, Naga was seen looking on intently before telling Dan ‘every time I’ve been told as a woman of colour to go home, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism’ before saying she still gets told it to this day.
When asked by Dan how it felt to hear Trump’s comments, Naga said ‘Furious. Absolutely furious’ and acknowledged that they don’t tend to give their opinions on the show.
Munchetty has not yet commented and is due to return to present BBC Breakfast on Thursday alongside Charlie Stayt.
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