Friday 15 December 2017

Video: BBC weatherman left red-faced over on-air 'C-word' forecast

BBC weather forecaster Alex Deakin slips up as he predicts a chilly but bright Sunday morning. Photo: BBC
BBC weather forecaster Alex Deakin slips up as he predicts a chilly but bright Sunday morning. Photo: BBC
BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker gives the finger. Photo: BBC News
Tomasz Schafernaker realises his mistake Photo: BBC News

Andrew Hough

A BBC WEATHERMAN, Alex Deakin, has been left embarrassed after by accidentally broadcasting live one of the most unacceptable words in the English language.

The 37 year-old replaced the word "sunshine" with the four letter word "c---" during a routine weather forecast at the weekend.



He had intended to say "sunshine over central and eastern areas" but it didn't quite go to plan.



During a BBC World weather forecast, he told viewers: "By and large it's simply and lovely winter's day tomorrow, bucketloads of c---, er, sunshine across central and eastern areas."



A clip of Saturday's bizarre gaffe, posted on YouTube by an eagle-eyed viewer (Warning: content), has been viewed nearly 20,000 times.



Some viewers suggested that he did become a little flustered after his mistake, with some saying he might have in fact been meaning to say the word "countryside", realised it was wrong midway and then stopped.



Deakin, who joined the BBC Weather Centre in 2000, later posted on Twitter: "The less said the better about that broadcast".



He added the tag "#P45", suggesting he was fearful he would lose his job. There has been no indication from corporation management that Deakin, from Balham, south-west London, is in danger of being sacked.



Twitter: Alex Deakin - I think the less said the better about that last broadcast #P45



A viewer replied, asking him was it a "naughty word" or a "wardrobe malfunction".



Deakin, orginally from North Ferriby, near Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorks, tweeted: "not A naughty word THE naughty word."



Another viewer gave him this advice: "James Naughtie and Andrew Marr both got away with it. You'll be fine. #youtubesensationbymorning".



Another viewer wrote: "a) you're human, b) it was really funny, c) what else was worth watching on Sat night?! Your own @Schafernaker moment!"



Asked once why he wanted to be a weather forecaster, Deakin, who read Astrophysics at Birmingham University, said: "I enjoy forecasting the weather, and being able to express that forecast to many more people is really good fun.



"I first got interested in weather doing a weather-related course at university."



His on-air blunder is not the latest to hit BBC presenters.



In 2010 Tomasz Schafernaker, another BBC weather presenter, was caught making a rude gesture on-air, forcing the BBC and the Met Office to issue apologies.



He was caught live on air making the obscene gesture just before the 11am bulletin in August after news presenter Simon McCoy made a lighthearted remark.



The camera cut to Schafernaker who, not realising he was now being broadcast live, was clearly seen raising his middle finger to McCoy in a well-understood gesture.



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



Meanwhile James Naughtie, the veteran Today programme presenter, lost his composure on the BBC Radio 4 show that same year after he stumbled over the pronunciation of Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary.



He struggled to contain a coughing fit after he realised his blunder over the minister's surname just before the 8am news.



Last year Olly Foster, a BBC Sportsday host, accidentally mis-pronunced former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona's surname.



A BBC spokesman has not commented on Deakin's gaffe.



Telegraph.co.uk

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