BBC apologises over weather presenter's offensive gesture

Tomasz Schafernaker repents for 'showing the finger' to BBC News 24 anchors live on air

The BBC has apologised after its weather presenter, Tomasz Schafernaker (pictured right), was seen making an offensive gesture live on air.

Schafernaker was caught flipping his left hand middle finger at presenters Simon McCoy and Fiona Armstrong after McCoy announced, "Now we will have the weather forecast in a minute, and of course it will be 100 per cent accurate and provide all the detail you can possibly want."

As the camera turned to Schafernaker, he was seen flipping his finger. When he realised that the gesture had been broadcast to millions of News 24 viewers, he apparently tried to cover it up by pretending to scratch his chin.

The clip, posted on YouTube, has attracted several comments.

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. The News Channel presenter live in the studio acknowledged a mistake had been made, and we apologise for any offence caused."

The Polish-born Schafernaker began presenting on BBC Southeast Today in 2001 and joined the main BBC channels in 2006.