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…

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