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article imageBBC weatherman caught on air giving the finger to news anchors

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 18, 2010 in Lifestyle
A weatherman for the BBC News channel was caught on air as he gave the finger to a couple of news anchors. His attempt to cover up the act was unsuccessful.
Tomasz Schafernaker was flipping off BBC news anchors Simon McCoy and Fiona Armstrong after McCoy said, "Now we'll have the weather forecast in just a minute. Of course it will be 100 percent accurate and provide you with all the details you could possibly want."
He did not realize the camera had already turned on him when he gave the finger to the two, but he tried to quickly cover the gesture by pretending to scratch his chin. Not quick enough, as the deed had been captured live on camera for the whole TV audience to witness.
A BBC spokesman said: "The News Channel presenter in the studio acknowledged a mistake had been made, and we apologize for any offence caused."
Schafernaker wrote on his website: "Prior to a live weather bulletin, I made a gesture off camera joking with my fellow presenters and without warning the camera went live to the weather studio.
"I am very sorry for any offence that might have been caused by my actions."
This is not the first time Polish-born Schafernaker has had to apologize to a BBC audience. In 2007 he called the Western Isles and the west Highlands "nowheresville" during a live weather broadcast, angering many viewers.
Last year he was also "reduced to hysterics by an unfortunate rude slip of the tongue while trying to say 'muddy site' during a BBC Radio 4 forecast."
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