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article imageBBC Weather presenter, Tomasz Schafernaker, axed from TV

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 14, 2010 in Entertainment
BBC Weather presenter, Tomasz Schafernaker, has been axed from all news bulletins, as part of a Met Office cost-cutting exercise.
The Met Office provides all weather the forecasts for the BBC, having recently had it's contract renewed for another five years.
As reported by Digital Journal in August, the BBC issued an apology following an on-air live incident in which Schafernaker stuck his middle finger up at two BBC News presenters, Simon McCoy and Fiona Armstrong. At the time, the weatherman had not realised he was still on camera and tried, but failed, to disguise the gaffe by scratching his chin.
Schafenaker's agent, Tim Reed, told Pink News:
I'm shocked that due to restructuring, the Met Office have taken the decision to remove Tomasz from any on-air presence. Tomasz and I are still waiting for feedback from the Met Office as to why he hasn't been chosen to remain in the broadcasting team. Nobody at the BBC has ever expressed any dissatisfaction to either Tomasz or me about the standard of his work.
In the past, Schafernaker has had to apologise for other on-air gaffes. In 2007, he referred to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland's Western Isles as "Nowheresville", and, in 2009, he forecast the weather as being "muddy s**te" for the Glastonbury festival.
Pink News says hundreds of messages in support Schafernaker have been received, with fans criticising the Met Office's decision. Graeme Paterson sums up the mood:
"This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!! Tomasz is easily the best, most passionate weather forecaster that the Beeb has ever had – he's also VERY easy on the eye ……. We love you Tomasz!!!!!!!!!"
The Met Office have also axed two of Schafernaker's colleagues, Rob McElwee and Philip Avery.
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