Wanted by the BBC: a new weather presenter who ‘must be disabled’

Sadiq Iqbal is hired because he has a beard in the BBC spoof series W1A (BBC)

The BBC is seeking a potential new weather presenter who does not need to have any qualifications – but does need to be disabled.

An advert on the BBC’s careers website begins by saying: “Do you want to share your passion for the weather by presenting weather bulletins? Do you have a disability?”

It goes on: “The BBC does not currently have any weather presenters who are disabled and we are actively seeking to improve on screen diversity.”

The advert has been derided on Twitter as “PC gone mad”, while others have likened the decision to the BBC’s own spoof comedy W1A, in which Muslim Sadiq Iqbal is hired because they wanted a bearded man to keep Ofcom happy…

  • tom_billesley

    I’m disabled by white privilege. Does that count?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Abraham Lincoln lives!

  • It would suck if you bashed your own knees in with a ball-point hammer and still didn’t get the job.

    (“passion for weather”?)

  • El Martyachi

    If I go around London disabling people can I claim it was to better their chances of landing a gig at BBC?

  • mobuyus

    Hell I’m a moral cripple does that count?

    • El Martyachi

      .. pretty sure you’d at least need a hangnail or maybe a substantial case of athletes’ foot to make that work.

    • tom_billesley

      You’d have to be a paedophile to be really sure of a sympathetic reception at the BBC

  • Hard Little Machine

    Black lesbian Indonesian Muslim in a wheelchair.

    Today’s weather will be raining blood with an 80% chance of jihad!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Does ethically crippled count?

    • El Martyachi

      Probably not. But who wants to be a weatherman presenter anyway?

    • tom_billesley

      Ethnically crippled, maybe…

  • cmh

    this is exactly how they hire for manitoba government employee positions…this is why dealing with the government is usually a miserable experience and why the workers seem so stupid…they are.

  • simus1

    Hiring a “flat earth muslim” to explain the theory of weather movements and forecasts to his fellow FE believers should have a higher BBC priority than hiring some physically disabled feminist.