Saturday 23 September 2017

One too many at the Christmas party? BBC presenter struggles to make it through live broadcast

BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker
BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker
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BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker struggled to get through his Shipping Forecast on Radio 4... before giving up completely.

The forecast was interrupted for the first time in its 91-year history as the presenter fell under the weather. Listeners were left baffled as the popular host spluttered and coughed through his 5.20am broadcast.

Tomasz's voice cracked before he mumbled an ‘excuse me’ and abandoned his broadcast. An awkward on-air silence followed before newsreader Chris Aldridge took over.

Tomasz then took to Twitter to confirm that he had to step away from the studio to be sick.

BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker struggled to get through his Shipping Forecast on Radio 4... before giving up completely.
BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker struggled to get through his Shipping Forecast on Radio 4... before giving up completely.

The presenter had been at the BBC South-East Christmas party the night before and it's been speculated that he was possibly suffering from a hangover although this hasn't been confirmed by Tomasz or his agent.

His agent said: "Tomasz was taken ill during an early morning shipping forecast following a long and demanding night shift on 4th December. Fortunately he handled the situation professionally and made a full recovery."

Five years ago, the BBC was forced to apologise after a camera cut to Tomasz who, not realising he was now being broadcast live, was clearly seen raising his middle finger to newsreader Simon McCoy in a well-understood but playful gesture.

This followed a remark by McCoy about Tomasz's upcoming forecast: “Now we will have the weather forecast in a minute and or course it will be 100 per cent accurate and provide all the detail you can possibly want,” said McCoy.

“I’ve just seen Tom Schafernaker preparing for it.”

Instantly realising his mistake, Tomasz moved his hand to his face to disguise it.

The camera cut straight back to McCoy, who also realised Tomasz's blunder and said: “There’s always one mistake. That was it.”

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