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Will The Real Guy Kewney Please Stand Up

This is just hilarious:

Background:

The BBC has apologised after

putting a mystery man, possibly a taxi driver, on the air in a live

interview, mistaking him for a computer expert who was waiting at the

reception desk.

The man’s mouth opened in horror as

the camera cut to him in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s News-24

television studio, where he had been seated on a stool by a floor

manager, a microphone clipped to his lapel.

A

business presenter, sitting opposite, introduced the clearly startled

man as the editor of a technology website, and asked if he was

surprised by computer company Apple’s victory in a trademark dispute

over The Beatles’ Apple Corps.

“I’m very surprised

to see this verdict to come on me because I was not expecting that,” he

said, with a strong French accent, in broken

English.

“When I came they told me something else

and I’m coming … so a big surprise

anyway.”

He gamely

answered two more questions about music downloading, before the

presenter thanked him and moved on.

The BBC said it

still did not know who he was but newspapers reported he was thought to

be a taxi driver who happened to be at reception when a floor manager

came to fetch the guest.

The real website editor,

Guy Kewney, who watched with astonishment at reception, said the mixup

was hard to explain because BBC staff had seen his picture in

advance.

Mr Kewney is white and the mystery guest

was black.

“He seemed as baffled as I felt,” Mr

Kewney wrote on his website www.newswireless.net, which has a link to

the interview, broadcast live on Saturday.

Update: According to Kewney’s blog, the man was not a taxi driver at all, but rather a Business Studies graduate, from the Congo, in reception because he was applying for a high level IT job with the BBC.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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