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BBC cabbie driver mistaken for IT expert

Ok, this is really funny, as much as it is embarrassing for the BBC.

What happened? A London cabbie suffered an awkward few moments of fame when the BBC mistook him for an IT expert and interviewed him live on the flagship News 24 channel, concerning the legal battle between the Beatles' Apple Corps and Apple Computer over the use of an apple symbol.

The MediaGuardian stated the following: A BBC insider said the wrong Guy was a minicab driver, waiting to pick up the real Guy. When the producer went to collect the computer expert from a different waiting area, he called out "Guy Kewney" and the driver said "hello". He was then whisked upstairs to meet the BBC's Karen Bowerman, who asked the first question on live TV.

The cabbies facial expressions at the beginning of the show are priceless!

Have a look at the interview.

Check out MediaGuardian, TimesOnline, MailOnSunday, DNAIndia and Yahoo News for their stories on this issue.

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  1. Blogger Carlz | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:57:00 AM |  

    no ways!!! this is brilliant!!!

  2. Blogger Gregor | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:00:00 AM |  

    hehe, quite funny eh!? Poor guy, imagine this was you sitting in the BBC studio, but he handled it relatively well I thought!

  3. Blogger jvonblog | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:19:00 AM |  

    This is hilaarius! BBC stuffed up, and he did well to cover up, brilliant. Well done Mr cab driver, reality TV at's best.

  4. Blogger Gregor | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:21:00 AM |  

    you are right, this is the closest we have been to reality TV in a while!

  5. Blogger Kate | Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:19:00 PM |  

    The best part of this whole thing requires me pointing out a small error in your version of the story - sorry. This guy is not actually a cabbie. The bbc originally released that he was and then changed their tune to admit that this guy was actually there for a job interview - to work in their IT division. He didnt say anything when they first clipped a mic on him, just thought it was the weirdest interview he'd been to. The real expert was sitting in the lobby, watching the programme with someone with his name being interviewed.
    mwa ha ha ha.