News Anchor Spotted Wearing Shorts Under Desk

Eagle-eyed viewers in the U.K. spotted a news presenter who chose an unorthodox way to cope with the recent warm weather—by wearing shorts on live television.

BBC journalist Shaun Ley wore a shirt, tie and suit jacket to present his news segment on Wednesday evening. That gave the impression to most viewers that the 51-year-old veteran reporter was fully clothed in business attire.

But a view of the newsreader that briefly flashed onto TV screens as one of the studio's cameras panned round revealed that he had opted for more informal attire.

Ley, who presents the news on BBC radio as well as on the 24-hour news channel, was shown in shorts and trainers while giving viewers an update on the political situation in Israel.

Did someone forget to tell BBC newsreader Shaun Ley that it wasn't a Zoom call?

— Eddie Burfi (@EddieBurfi) June 4, 2021

Viewers spotted Ley's casual lower half during the 11pm bulletin and again at midnight, by which time he had donned spectacles but still remained bare-legged.

The incident, which drew comments on social media, came on the hottest day of the year in the U.K., with temperatures in London peaking at 28.3C.

"Wow. The BBC's clothing allowance has clearly taken a hit. Late-night presenter Shaun Ley appears to be wearing shorts," wrote one viewer, Ken McNab, on Twitter. "What next? Fiona Bruce doing question time in a bikini? Harumph. Harumph," he added, referencing another BBC host.

Martin Ingram wrote: "BBC newsreader Shaun Ley yesterday: formal above the desk, more casual below."

A third Twitter account with the name Starra Lune added: "Shaun Ley on the BBC is wearing shorts and trainers under his suit rn LOOOOOOOOL the cameraman accidentally panned past his desk from the side."

Others pondered whether this was the first time that Ley had worn shorts to work.

A tweet from April 27 this year, and re-shared on Thursday, read: "Did @BBCNews news ready Shaun on #thepapers just have shorts on!!!!!!"

Last month, U.S. TV host Greg Kelly, anchor for right-wing media source Newsmax, was forced to defend a sartorial choice he made before posing with the former President Donald Trump by a golf course in a picture he shared on Twitter.

With Trump in a red "Keep America Great" cap, Kelly wore a navy blue jacket, light-blue shirt and khaki pant combination.

But his tapered pants, which had what appeared to be four zipped pockets, drew comments.

One person tweeted: "It looks like a pair of cargo pants mated with some jodhpurs and it's offspring got all of the worst jeans... er, um genes."

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People walk near the entrance to BBC Broadcasting House on October 22, 2012 in London, England. Shaun Ley's sartorial choice drew numerous comments on social media. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images