Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

The BBC is undoubtedly one of the best broadcasters in the world, with a proud history and popular website. But even the "Beeb" isn't immune to screwing up once in a while. Consider the case of its "Internet expert" Guy Goma, who participated in a studio discussion in 2006 regarding music downloads and Apple Computer's victory at the London High Court against Apple Corps, the record label for the Beatles. None of the producers noticed anything funny about Goma until he responded to one of the questions by saying, "I don't know. I'm not at all sure what I'm doing here." Turns out that Goma thought he was going to be interviewed for an IT job at the BBC, not interviewed on air.

A producer, however, thought that Goma was actually the bona-fide Internet expert Guy Kewney after the receptionist mistakenly pointed Goma in his direction. And to make matters worse, Goma didn't get the job he was after either.