The bungling reporter has become a national laughing stock in Romania after convincing an assistant to stand just outside the camera shot and kick sand towards his direction.
He was caught out however when a cheeky, or shockingly bad, cameraman let those watching at home in on the secret.
The reporter, from the Realitatea news channel, was attempting to recreate the earlier stormy conditions for his live weather report from the country's Black Sea coast.
Before being found out, the presenter had told viewers: 'The wind blows with incredible power, there are moments when it is impossible to stand up here.
'The wind blows the sand at over 60km per hour. It blew away the beach umbrellas and the tourists had to leave in a hurry.'
The Romanian TV station has denied the claims however, saying: 'The report was not doctored in any way. It was a bad joke made by the cameraman.'