BBC Gets Wrong Man and Gives Cabbie 5 Minutes of Fame

This is a really really funny story, I guess some of you may have read about it already.

A computer expert has described his astonishment at seeing the BBC’s 24-hour news channel interview supposed taxi driver Guy Goma in the mistaken belief it was him.

Guy Kewney – a white, bearded technology expert – was astonished to see himself appear on screen as a black man with an apparent French accent. He was even more shocked to see himself unable to answer basic questions about the legal battle between the Beatles’ Apple Corps and Apple Computer over the use of an apple symbol.

Basically it went down like this..

1) Taxi drivers goes to BBC Studio to pick up some expert on technology (Guy Kewney)
2) Taxi driver waits in Lobby
3) Someone calls out Guy Kewney’s name, to go into the studio
4) Taxi driver responds with “Hello”
5) BBC staff take Taxi driver into the studio and start interviewing him about digital music live on TV
6) Guy Kewney sits in the lobby watching ‘himself’ on TV live, wondering when he became Black and developed a French accent.

See the video here:

His face at the start when she introduces him is PRICELESS, note his answers for the questions are all pretty much the same.

Source: Guardian & Mail on Sunday




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15 Responses to BBC Gets Wrong Man and Gives Cabbie 5 Minutes of Fame

  1. kimberlycun May 17, 2006 at 11:41 am #

    best evarrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  2. Dabido (Teflon) May 17, 2006 at 11:46 am #

    Yeah, it made the TV news yesterday in Australia!

    Wonderful stuff. His answers remind me of most IT managers I’ve worked under!! lol Only difference is the IT Managers make decisions based on that sort of knowledge! lol

  3. KY May 17, 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    so that’s how they spend your tv tax? hahahaa

  4. tigerjoe May 17, 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    Just to give credit where credit is due, I reckon the cabbie handled the interview a lot better than most footballers would. Notice the absence of any “umms”, “aahs” and “duhs”. 😛

  5. ShaolinTiger May 17, 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    Dabido: Yah I had that same feeling!

    KY: Seems so man haha, not the matter though, it was entertaining 😉

    tigerjoe: I have the agree, homeboy was a cool character. I think we’ve learnt a valuable lesson though, in this kind of situation just use a heavy accent, and lots of vague words like ‘everyone’ and ‘everywhere’ and you’ll look pretty good.

  6. Chris May 17, 2006 at 2:08 pm #

    omg. the expression on tat guy’s face…priceless…

  7. howsy May 17, 2006 at 4:21 pm #

    Yeah, pretty amusing. The video is all over at You Tube. They also have a follow up interview to the incident here. I also managed to grab a few snapshots of the Daily Mail Front Page featuring Mr. Goma here.

    Mark my words. He is going to be big. Big Brother will definitely ask him to be a participant in their next installment.

  8. TAG May 18, 2006 at 1:50 am #


    Just like BBC put him on air – you are distributing false information. He is NOT taxi driver !
    If you are unable to check facts – please do not post !

  9. Kelvin May 18, 2006 at 9:49 am #


  10. lionel May 18, 2006 at 11:07 am #

    Yeah I saw that! The look of horror on his face when he was introduced as a technology expert was GOLD.

  11. Ethan Hunt May 18, 2006 at 11:07 am #

    *LOL* good times !!

  12. ShaolinTiger May 18, 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    howsy: Nice post dude. When I read about it at first I said he was a cool cat, he should be on TV, he’s a natural 😉

    TAG: STFU, it was originally reported that he was a Taxi driver, only the day after it came out that he wasn’t, where do you get your facts from? A psychic?

  13. rkaru May 18, 2006 at 4:44 pm #

    At the end of the interview, when she switched to the on-site reporter, the interviewer was stammering, and she turned, perhaps to hide her expression. Do you this she had just been informed of the mix-up via earphone?

  14. pinolobu May 18, 2006 at 8:52 pm #

    this is only the 3rd time i laughed till tears came out of my eyes. all time classic!!!

  15. ShaolinTiger May 19, 2006 at 3:31 pm #

    rkaru: Yah I think she must have heard from the production team by the look on her face.

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