LONDON, May 14, United Press International
In a case of mistaken identity, a London cab driver was pulled into a BBC television studio for a live interview about the Internet music business.
With the seconds ticking down to a discussion about a court case involving Apple Computer and The Beatles’ record label, a floor manager had run to lobby and grabbed the man. The BBC worker mistook the cabbie for Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net, a specialist Internet publication, The Mail reported.
Baffled, but compliant, the cab driver was fitted with a microphone and allowed himself to be marched in to the studio. Cameras rolled, and he was quizzed live on the air by consumer affairs correspondent Karen Bowerman – who missed the cabbie’s panic-stricken expression when he realized he was being interviewed.
The man gamely attempted to bluff his way through and, speaking in a strong French accent, sustained a – somewhat illogical – form of conversation. A tape of the exchange on the News 24 channel, broadcast on Monday morning, has become a classic among BBC workers.
The taxi driver “seemed as baffled as I felt,” said Kewney who had watched the interview on a monitor in the reception area.
Yet another example that fully justifies my opinons about mankind.
See that swirly thing, over near the plughole? That’s the future
hahahahaha, classic!, this guy is a true legend lol
The Guy (that’s both their names) on TV isn’t a cab driver. He is an educated man with a BSA in networking and the was there for a job interview for a position as IT-tech for BBC. He’s from Congo and shares the first name with Kewney, which is why he replied ‘yes’ when asked if he was Guy [Kewney].
The missconception that he was a cab driver seems to stem from Kewney’s rather narrow outlook. Read his blog and see for yourself.
Kewney is an ass.