View Full Version : Guy goes to BBC for job interview, mistaken for expert, gets on-air interview instead

5/16/2006 1:12pm,
This guy deserves an award for being the world's best bullshitter.

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He is the BBC's latest star - the cab driver who a leading presenter believed was a world expert on the internet music business.

The man stepped unwittingly into the national spotlight when he was interviewed by mistake on the corporation's News 24 channel.

With the seconds ticking down to a studio discussion about a court case involving Apple Computer and The Beatles' record label, a floor manager had run to reception and grabbed the man, thinking he was Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net, a specialist internet publication.

Actually, he was a minicab driver who had been waiting to drive Mr Kewney home.

Baffled, but compliant, the driver was fitted with a microphone and allowed himself to be marched in to the studio. Cameras rolled, and he was quizzed live on air by consumer affairs correspondent Karen Bowerman - who missed the cabbie's panic-stricken expression when he realised he was being interviewed.

Despite knowing nothing about the case - a judge ruled that the computer company could continue to use the Apple symbol for its iTunes download service - the man gamely attempted to bluff his way through and, speaking in a strong French accent, sustained a (somewhat illogical) form of conversation. Meanwhile, the real Mr Kewney watched indignantly on a monitor in reception.

A tape of the exchange, broadcast on Monday morning, has become a classic among BBC workers.

It starts with the mystery man's horrified expression as Ms Bowerman introduces him as a technology expert, followed by his plucky attempt to answer her question on whether he was surprised by the verdict.

Yes, he says with feeling. It was a 'big surprise'. After an increasingly confusing exchange, the presenter cut with relief to the BBC's equally puzzled reporter outside the court, while the taxi driver was hurried out of the studio.

The BBC apologised, saying the mistake occurred because the man was wearing Mr Kewney's name tag. Mr Kewney said: "Everyone seems to think he was a taxi driver waiting in reception to take me home. But no one knows for sure."

He added: "There were several surprising things about 'my' interview. Judging by my performance, English wasn't my first language and I didn't seem to know much about Apple, online music or The Beatles."

He said the taxi driver "seemed as baffled as I felt". Last night, the driver's identity remained a mystery. None of the taxi firms regularly used by the BBC would admit to employing him.

Updated info:

BBC online posted:

News 24's 'wrong Guy' is revealed

Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo, appeared on the news channel in place of an IT expert after a mix-up.

But Mr Goma, who was wrongly identified in the press as a taxi driver, was really at the BBC for a job interview.

Mr Goma said his appearance was "very stressful" and wondered why the questions were not related to the data support cleanser job he applied for.

The mix-up occurred when a producer went to collect the expert from the wrong reception in BBC Television Centre in West London.

The producer asked for Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net, who was due to be interviewed about the Apple vs Apple court case.

After being pointed in Mr Goma's direction by a receptionist, the producer - who had seen a photo of the real expert - checked: "Are you Guy Kewney?"

The economics and business studies graduate answered in the affirmative and was whisked up to the studio.

Business presenter Karen Bowerman, who was to interview the expert, managed to get a message to the editor that the guest "seems not to know too much about the subject".

Mr Goma was eventually asked three questions live on air, assuming this was an interview situation.

It was only later that it was discovered that Mr Kewney was still waiting in reception - prompting producers to wonder who their wrong man was.

Mr Goma said his interview was "very short", but he was prepared to return to the airwaves and was "happy to speak about any situation".

He added that next time he would insist upon "preparing myself".

A BBC spokeswoman said: "This has turned out to be a genuine misunderstanding.

"We've looked carefully at our guest procedures and will take every measure to ensure this doesn't happen again."

Lights Out
5/16/2006 1:20pm,

I've just seen this on TV.

Absolutely priceless.

5/16/2006 1:38pm,
****!That looked like a car crash didn't?Because I felt pain just watching it.

5/16/2006 2:17pm,
The look on his face is awesome.


5/16/2006 2:52pm,
Mr Goma said his appearance was "very stressful" and wondered why the questions were not related to the data support cleanser job he applied for.
You just can't make that kind of comedy up.

WTF is a data support cleanser?

5/16/2006 3:10pm,
I don't know how many times I can watch his face go through such a variety of OMG RLY?? FKKK!! and still get a kick out of it.



5/16/2006 5:13pm,
You know that look that you get as you're getting hit in the face by a 2 X 4, right when the 2 X 4 is about 1/8th of an inch from your face? Yeah, that's the look...

Poop Loops
5/16/2006 5:20pm,
I hope he got the job. Seriously. He managed to BS his way through something like that, you KNOW he'll be good at whatever the hell he is supposed to do. He won't crack under pressure.

5/17/2006 12:15am,
Holy ****. That guy sounded more coherent than most of the other "experts" they bring on TV that mumble a bunch of **** that nobody understands. Great improv skills!

Poop Loops
5/17/2006 12:17am,
Now that I am at home I can actually watch the video. The face he makes is priceless. PRICELESS!!

5/17/2006 6:09am,
We hire for the black belt club? :-)