Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BBC's case of mistaken identity

Apparently, the BBC mistook a cabbie waiting outside the BBC Television Centre for an expert on the online music industry. While waiting for a client, a studio manager made the mistake:
Confused but co-operative, he agreed to follow the manager to a studio, where he was promptly fitted with a microphone and placed in front of a camera.
As you'll see in the clip below, he was more than a little surprised at being introduced as online music expert Guy Kewney, but he managed to play along well enough. Meanwhile, the real Guy Kewney watched with disbelief from the reception area. Apparently this shouldn't have been an easy mistake to make:
[T]he stocky black man with the strong French accent bore little resemblance to the picture on the expert’s website, which showed a slim white man with blue eyes and blond hair.
According to the Times Online, the cabbie though that the interview "was OK, but I was a bit rushed."

Update: Apparently this guy wasn't a cabbie, but another guy named "Guy" who was applying for an IT position at the BBC. It's still pretty funny, but an easier mistake for the studio manager to make. One wonders if he got the job.

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