BBC mistakes cab driver for computer expert

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  1. Hilarious. Here's the video and an excerpt from the article:

    BBC falls for 'expert' cabbie's banter
    By Jack Malvern

    The driver was interviewed on TV after being mistaken for a specialist on music downloading
    IT WAS not until midway through the live television interview that the BBC interviewer started to grow suspicious. The man whom she believed to be an expert on internet music downloads seemed to know precious little about his subject.

    Not only that, but the 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.

    The corporation’s News 24 channel apologised to its viewers yesterday and admitted that its interviewee was not Guy Kewney, the respected editor of Newswireless.net, but a local taxi driver.
     
  2. Must be a doodle to get pass security at Wood Lane then!!
     
  3. :) LOL.

    What a huge cock up. The taxi driver had balls though. Trying to waffle his way out of that.
     
  4. An aquaintance of mine always tells me that the bbc is the most accurate, unbiased, most competant source available. He should love this. Not to rail on the BBC, plenty of news sources are loaded with screw-ups, but that was HILLARIOUS
     
  5. The cabbie was waiting for someone, was mistaken in the lobby for the expert and led into the studio!
     
  6. I wonder if they tipped him?
     
  7. Did he leave the meter running?
     
  8. I can't see the big deal.

    Taxi drivers are experts at everything.
     
  9. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    I watched it live. His face was a picture but I couldn't understand a word he was on about. :?
     
  10. I think thats how we ended up with Rumsfeld: He was a D.C. bus driver on a Capitol Hill tour, when some Fox News reporter mistook him for a competent Government official.
     
  11. So he did not purposely pass hiself off as the expert, only answered when his 'fares name was called? Well done him any way, 15 mins of fame and a good tale to tell down the pub, cafe or what ever later on...... oh how i laughed!
     
  12. Apparently the 'guy' wasn't a cabbie, his first name was the same as the 'expert' (Guy) and he was there for a job interview. The actual expert, a Guy Kewney, wasn't particularly amused.
     
  13. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    ^ Confirmed -he was there for an IT job :

    Independant

    I can see that he would be great in a support role!!!