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BBC Interviews Cab Driver on Air, thinking he's a Computer Expert

Gizmo

TRIBE Member
Apologies if already posted:

The look on his face is priceless. Kudos to him for being unflappable and going along with the interview:

Link with video:



Guessed wrong

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, Page A18

When the British Broadcasting Corp. set out last week to conduct a live interview with journalist Guy Kewney, it got its wires crossed. While Mr. Kewney sat in the BBC's anteroom waiting for his cue, consumer-affairs correspondent Karen Bowerman was firing her questions at a taxi driver who had arrived to pick up the journalist and had been mistaken for the guest. It gradually became obvious that the cabbie wasn't an expert on the legal contretemps between Apple Computer Inc. and the Beatles' publishing company Apple Corps, or on whether a court decision in favour of the former had hurt the latter -- though he might have been prepared to offer opinions on such musical subjects as My Fare Lady and Cab-aret.
 

deep

TRIBE Member
The guy was actually a job applicant (he's a computer specialist), not a cab driver. His name is also Guy (same as the journalist they intended to interview), which is how the receptionist screwed it up.
 
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Gizmo

TRIBE Member
deep said:
The guy was actually a job applicant (he's a computer specialist), not a cab driver. His name is also Guy (same as the journalist they intended to interview), which is how the receptionist screwed it up.
Thanks, Yeah, I saw that after I had posted and checked out some more links on him. Does detract a little from the story, but the facial expressions are still mighty.

http://www.guygoma.com/
 

litespeed

Well-Known TRIBEr
actually according to a more recent article on it... he wasn't in fact a cab driver.. but rather someone that was there for a job interview... and had the same first name as the person being interviewed

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1147729811047

LONDON—The BBC interviewed the wrong Guy.

The network has apologized to its viewers for a studio mix-up that resulted in a man mistakenly appearing on live television as Guy Kewney — an expert on Internet music downloads.

In fact, the man was Guy Goma, a Congolese man applying for a technology-related job with the British Broadcasting Corp. Goma followed an employee to the studio after a mistake at a reception desk, the BBC said late yesterday. The BBC apologized to viewers for any confusion.

The case of mistaken identity occurred May 8 — the day Britain's high court awarded Apple Computer a victory in a lawsuit against Apple Corps, The Beatles' commercial arm.

In a reaction piece following the verdict, BBC News 24 correspondent Karen Bowerman welcomed someone she believed was computer expert Kewney.

After she introduced him, there was a moment when Goma winced. He scrunched his face in panic and tried to open his mouth as if to explain.

"Were you surprised by this verdict today?" Bowerman asked.

"I'm very surprised to see the verdict come on me because I was not expecting that," he said in a heavy French accent.

Nonplussed, he pressed on, growing more confident in his punditry as the interview progressed. He gamely delivered his opinion on the future of music downloads and cyber-cafes following the landmark verdict.
 
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