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BBC’s shipping forecast interrupted for first time in 91 years

LONDON: The BBC’s shipping forecast was interrupted for the first time in its 91-year history after weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker was unable to complete a reading.

The BBC weatherman left listeners baffled as he struggled to make it through the Shipping Forecast – before giving up altogether.

The forecast was interrupted for the first time ever in its 91-year history – as Schafernaker coughed and spluttered though the 5.20am broadcast – hours after putting in something of ‘a nightshift’ at a BBC Christmas party.

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His voice cracked before he mumbled ‘excuse me’ – an awkward on-air silence followed before newsreader Chris Aldridge took over.

His agent said of the gaffe: “Tomasz was taken ill during an early morning shipping forecast following a long and demanding night shift on 4th December.

“Fortunately he handled the situation professionally and made a full recovery.”

It’s not really clear what was happening to the 37-year-old on air but his apparent distress left some listeners seriously worried about the weatherman’s health.

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It’s not the first time Schafernaker has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

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In 2007, he was forced to apologise after referring to the Outer Hebrides and Western Isles as ‘nowheresville’.

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