What a Guy

Have a look at this interview:

Big blunder, but nice recovery and bluffing from the interviewee who was, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, a London cabbie who

suffered an awkward few moments of fame when the BBC mistook him for a computer expert and interviewed him live on the flagship News 24 channel.

The real expert was Guy Kewney, a journalist specialising in computer issues who had been invited to comment on Apple Computer’s legal battle with Apple Corporation, the Beatles’ music publishing company.

As Joshua Gans says: not even on Frontline would you see such a priceless moment as this - truth is funnier than fiction.

The BBC wouldn’t even share the video with the Guy they meant to interview, which is a bit rude I think…

Mind you, the Guy they got sounds surprisingly lucid for someone who was making it up on the spot. Of course real industry experts would never do that, would they?

Update: 17 May 2006

According to a report The Age today, the BBC

realised too late that they had put on Guy Goma, a Congolese man applying for a technology-related job.

You can imagine how the conversation went at reception:

“Hello. My name is Guy and I’m here for an interview.”

“Right, Mr [checks interview schedule] Kewney, just step into this studio and we’ll get you some make-up.”

Earlier reports that the wrong Guy was a taxi driver were apparently incorrect.