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# bbc-news - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge This hilarious BBC news fail is our absolute favourite Camera Fail

This hilarious BBC news fail is our absolute favourite

Well that was a swift exit.

# bbc-news - Thursday 20 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge BBC’s amazing WhatsApp Twitter typo What's That?

BBC’s amazing WhatsApp Twitter typo

WHAT’S Mark Zuckerberg paying for?

# bbc-news - Friday 7 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge WATCH: Panti’s Noble Call discussed on BBC news Noble Sprawl

WATCH: Panti’s Noble Call discussed on BBC news

Pantigate continues to spread across the world.

# bbc-news - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

From The Daily Edge BBC interviewed The Fonz about London airport expansion Fonztastic

BBC interviewed The Fonz about London airport expansion

It was a very “happy day” for the reporter in question. Get it?

# bbc-news - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# bbc-news - Monday 2 September, 2013

Rape trial hears Coronation Street star told girl she would ‘die’

Known in soap land as car mechanic Kevin Webster and in the real world as Michael Turner, the 48-year-old has denied all charges against him.

# bbc-news - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racist

“Off you go, I can’t be bothered with you”, UKIP politician Godfrey Bloom tells Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru Murthy.

# bbc-news - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Seán Quinn: 100 per cent of prison inmates felt I shouldn’t be there

The bankrupt businessman has given an interview to the BBC just hours after his release from Mountjoy Prison where he spent the last nine weeks.

# bbc-news - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Official report finds ‘critical lack of leadership’ in BBC over Savile BBC

Official report finds ‘critical lack of leadership’ in BBC over Savile

The decision to drop an investigation into sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile was “flawed”, according to an investigator.

# bbc-news - Monday 12 November, 2012

BBC director of news and her deputy ‘step aside’ BBC

BBC director of news and her deputy ‘step aside’

The crisis at the BBC continues.

# bbc-news - Saturday 14 July, 2012

From Business ETC New RTÉ head hails ‘great people’ after staff warned over tweets Appointment

New RTÉ head hails ‘great people’ after staff warned over tweets

Staff at the State broadcaster used Twitter to congratulate Kevin Bakhurst on his new role before being warned by the chief news editor to rein it in.

# bbc-news - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

From The Daily Edge Is Alessio Rastani actually one of The Yes Men? [Update: They say he's not] Yes Man? This post contains a poll

Is Alessio Rastani actually one of The Yes Men? [Update: They say he's not]

‘Culture jamming’ group The Yes Men say independent trader Alessio Rastani isn’t a member – and that they think he’s genuine.

From Business ETC WATCH: BBC newsreader stunned as trader predicts wipe-out of savings Debt Crisis

WATCH: BBC newsreader stunned as trader predicts wipe-out of savings

Independent trader Alessio Rastani says he and his colleagues look forward to downward markets. The BBC is stunned.

# bbc-news - Friday 17 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Reading the news? It’s a Nazi business (Video) Work Can Wait

Reading the news? It’s a Nazi business (Video)

It was a perfectly ordinary day for this BBC newsreader in Scotland… until she ran into a few technical problems.

# bbc-news - Monday 22 November, 2010

Outrage over RTÉ television coverage of bailout announcement RTÉ

Outrage over RTÉ television coverage of bailout announcement

The national broadcaster comes under fire after failing to tell viewers about the bailout speech – and pulling the feed early.

# bbc-news - Thursday 4 November, 2010

Sorry Bob! BBC apologises over Band Aid claims

The BBC alleged that millions of pounds raised by Band Aid had been diverted to rebels in Ethiopia.

# bbc-news - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

THE BBC has apologised to viewers after weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker was shown live on air giving a presenter the middle finger. “The News Channel presenter live in the studio acknowledged a mistake had been made, and we apologise for any offence caused,” it said.

A BBC NEWS WEATHERMAN is likely to cause a disciplinary storm after he was caught giving a newsreader the middle finger live on air this morning – and it’s not even the first time he’s caused hassle.

Meet Tomasz Schafernaker, a Polish-born broadcaster who does the morning weather bulletins on the BBC News channel and occasionally on radio. He’s been in the weather business for a decade now, and has been a TV weatherman for five years or more.

But as any broadcaster will tell you, being on air so regularly means regular mess-ups: and here’s our top five Schafernacker gaffes.

1. The time he gave the middle finger, live on air
Here’s Schafernacker taking obvious exception to the news anchor’s back-handed compliment, only for the director to switch to his camera just at the same moment.

Extra points are deserved, we think, for the very graceful cover-up.



2. The time he threw a strop because he didn’t know if he was on air or not
Oh, TV news. It’s also so hectic, what with the constant switching between in-studio cameras, video feeds, having guests come in and out of the studio… the production gallery is a pretty hectic place to be.

Understandable, then, if once in a while the gallery is so busy that the presenter is not given confirmation through their earpieces that they are, in fact, on air. Except apparently, in Tomasz’s eyes anyway, it’s not quite so understandable.



3. The time he couldn’t stop laughing at a ‘frozen ball’ gag
Britain gets cold. Regularly. And, in keeping with the various seasons, the BBC weather reports have a customised intro card showing a blaring sun, or a patch of brown leaves – or, when the weather deems it appropriate, an image of planet Earth as a block of ice.

So, on cue, the soon-to-be-given-the-middle-finger anchor makes a gag about how Tomasz, in his studio backdrop, has a ‘frozen ball’. For a man named Schafernaker, he really should be able to stifle his giggles.



4. The time he said the Met Office needed a supply of wine
The BBC doesn’t own its own weather stations – as with pretty much every broadcaster in the known universe, it gets its info from the local meteorological authority.

So it’s probably a given that you shouldn’t imply that the Met Office is full of alcoholics on air. Right, Tomasz? Oh.



5. The time he told people at Glastonbury to expect a ‘muddy shite’
The juvenile jokes are the best. Doing a radio piece about the fact that the Glastonbury Festival was likely to coincide with heavy rain that would turn the Worthy Farm into a muddy cesspit, Schafernaker told music lovers to expect a ‘muddy site’.

Except, he didn’t.



Mind you, we’d never expect the likes of Evelyn Cusack or Gerard Fleming (where’s he gotten to?) to appear on the cover of a gay magazine either, so maybe we in Ireland just have a rather sheltered weather forecasting heritage.

It’s also worth checking out the Mirror’s list of top ten newsroom gaffes.