An award-winning BBC weatherman who was caught giving the finger live on air has been removed from his on-screen role.
Tomasz Schafernaker is among several forecasters the Met Office has decided to move behind the scenes as part of cost-cutting measures.
Although bosses would not confirm the Polish-born presenter was being removed, a source in the company said the 31-year-old was being shifted to off-camera duties.
In August he was caught live on air making a rude hand gesture to BBC News Channel anchors Simon McCoy and Fiona Armstrong .
They had said his forecast would be "100% accurate and provide all the detail you could possibly want".
When a flustered Schafernaker realised he had been caught on camera, he made an ineffective attempt to cover up what he was doing by scratching his chin.
Our new contract with the BBC requires us to deliver continued high standards of accuracy and consistency within revised affordability levels
Met Office spokeswoman
He had previously hit the headlines when he referred to the Outer Hebrides and Western Isles as "nowheresville" during a live broadcast.
A Met Office spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm reports that senior weathermen Philip Avery and Rob McElwee would also be moving to off-screen roles.
"The Met Office is pleased to have secured the BBC contract to deliver weather services across TV, radio, online and mobile channels," she said.
"Our new contract with the BBC requires us to deliver continued high standards of accuracy and consistency within revised affordability levels.
"To achieve this we have employed a fair and open process to change Met Office staff roles and structure within the BBC weather centre."
Schafernaker began presenting on BBC Southeast Today in 2001 before joining the main BBC channels in 2006.
He was named best TV weather presenter at the annual Television and Radio Industries Club Awards this year.
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