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BBC editor is caught wearing shorts as he reports live in heatwave

You’re not on Zoom now! Moment BBC Northern Ireland political editor is caught wearing shorts as he reports live in heatwave

  • BBC’s Enda McClafferty wore suit jacket and shorts during live broadcast
  • Eagle-eyed local caught the senior reporter trying to keep cool during heatwave  
  • Mr McClafferty later admitted that it was a case of ‘lesson learned’ 
  • Temperatures in Northern Ireland have been in the high 20Cs this week 

This is the funny moment a senior BBC reporter was caught wearing shorts with his suit jacket and shirt during a live news broadcast in a bid to keep cool – as Britain is blasted by scorching temperatures. 

BBC Northern Ireland’s political editor Enda McClafferty was dressed in an impeccable navy suit jacket, shirt and tie – but little did his viewers realise that he was sporting chino shorts out of the camera shot.

Temperatures in the UK province have been in the high 20Cs this week, and the Met Office has warned that the mercury could rise further to official heatwave criteria today. 

Enda McClafferty was dressed in an impeccable navy suit jacket, shirt and tie – but little did his viewers realise that he was sporting shorts out of the camera shot

One eagle-eyed local shared a video showing Mr McClafferty on TV wearing the suit jacket and shirt. The resident then ran outside and captured the journalist standing in full view just down the street

One eagle-eyed local shared a video showing Mr McClafferty on TV wearing the suit jacket and shirt. The resident then ran outside and captured the journalist standing in full view just down the street.

The short clip was captioned: ‘Too hot for the full suit, the big man is wearing shorts.’ 

The video has since been shared thousands of times on Twitter and Instagram, and has tens of thousands of views across both platforms.

Social media users were left in stitches, with one posting: I stand with @endamcclafferty #ElScorchio’ – a reference to a Fast Show skit about foreign weather news.

Another wrote: ‘Too right. These working from home folk have been getting away with shirt, tie and pyjama bottoms combo for over 2 years now. Its time to balance the books’.

Speaking about the incident afterwards, Mr McClafferty admitted it was a case of ‘lesson learned’. 


Temperatures in the UK province have been in the high 20Cs this week, and the Met Office has warned that the mercury could rise further to official heatwave criteria today

Social media users were left in stitches, with one posting: I stand with @endamcclafferty #ElScorchio’ – a reference to a Fast Show skit about foreign weather news

He told BBC NI’s Good Morning Ulster: ‘My secret is out there, I thought I was in the clear.

‘I thought I could get away with wearing on the top half a suit, but on the bottom half a pair of shorts because it has been very warm over the course of the past week.

‘Little did I know there was an eagle eyed householder not that far away with a camera phone to hand who raced out pretty quickly snapped a shot of the television screen and then did a quick pan outside and caught me standing in my shorts, chino shorts. Lesson learned.’

Last summer, BBC anchorman Shaun Ley wore shorts and deck shoes under the desk while reading a serious news bulletin.

He appeared grim-faced and serious from the front while explaining Covid travel rules and the turmoil in the Middle East. 

But one Twitter user jibed: ‘Is BBC news reader Shaun Ley keeping his cool by wearing shorts? 

‘And if so, were viewers meant to find out?’

Guests reviewing the newspapers appeared to be stifling laughter when they turned to him to discuss the serious issues of the day.

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