We report, you decide

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.

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.

BBC, just like Bentham publishers, easy to fool.

Follow up here. And there is a
Wikipedia page about the whole incident.

Tags

More like this

OK, I think I've finally figured out what my schedule looks like for Grace Hopper (with all the logistics going on, you'd think we were trying to move the pope or something) and I have some possible meet-up times. (I was going to email the interested parties, but then I realized that I don't have…
I'm at this amazing meeting meeting these amazing people right now. I'm going to have an amazing lunch and then I'm going to an amazing reception. Say hello if you see me — I've already put my autograph on one octopus.
Rob from Galactic Interactions is here as is Phil from Bad Asronomy I gather Sean and Jennifer are here also, not bumped into any of them. 'Course my flight was late and I completely missed the opening reception. Phil has a good entry on the COSMOS "structure of dark matter press release, Rob on…
Iain is looking for photos in a particular pose. So maybe you didn't like the Blasphemy Challenge; this is a much more restrained exercise in which the fellow is going to collect photos of people holding an apple if they accept the evidence for biological evolution, or holding a light bulb if…

Bahah what a hero!

Funniest line in Wikipedia article (which says, by the way, that he was not a taxi driver):

"Goma's face goes through four distinct expressions in under five seconds[citation needed]: shocked realization; blind terror; philosophical resolve and finally determination to do his best."

Wow, the intertubes pick up on a 2006 mix-up in 2009! What speed!

Oh, yeah. 2006 was a REALLY long time ago. Where's your sense of humor? This story is fucking hilarious, even if soooo old.

By Catharine (not verified) on 14 Jun 2009 #permalink

(which says, by the way, that he was not a taxi driver)

Yeah according to wikipedia, he was there waiting for a job interview.

So presumably, when asked to come in for the interview, he didn't realize anything unusual was going on ... until the lights! camera! action! bit started.

Too funny.

Saying he was a cab driver is a you tube glitch. The text came with the video.

By Catharine (not verified) on 14 Jun 2009 #permalink