Is Tomasz Schaferknackered after his BBC bird-flipping scandal?

The BBC has apologised after weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker was caught making a rude gesture live on air.

He gave the bird (raised his middle finger in a rude gesture) after news presenter Simon McCoy jokingly said his forecast would be “100% accurate”.

Is he now Schaferknackered?

Well, probably.

Despite the ‘F’ Word now being used liberally after the water-shed on pretty much every BBC TV channel by everyone from celebrity chefs to chat-show hosts, Auntie’s news readers and weathermen are still expected to have perfect stiff upper lips and no sense of humour.

In short, very few ‘serious’ news readers are yet allowed to show their human side, unless it means prancing about in ridiculous dance routines for Children In Need.

After realising he had been shown making the rude gesture on screen, Schafernaker tried to cover up by pretending to scratch his chin.

“The News Channel presenter in the studio acknowledged a mistake had been made, and we apologise for any offence caused,” a BBC spokesman said.

“Tomasz was not aware that he was on air, and whilst the gesture was only shown for a second, it was not acceptable.”

After Schafernaker’s gaffe, McCoy, who used to have an enviable sense of humour when he was a Sky News anchor, said: “Every now and again there’s always a mistake and that was it.”

Nice to get the public support of your news colleagues isn’t it Tomasz?

If anyone should be reprimanded it’s Simon McCoy for being a back-stabbing swine of the first order.

Fancy dropping Tomasz in it so publicly Simon. Disgraceful.

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