OK, follow this closely. Over in Britain, a lawsuit has been going on, Apple Corps Ltd. (the music company started by the Beatles back in 1968) suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming that the U.S.-based computer company has broken a 1991 agreement in which each agreed not to enter into the other's field of business. Apple Corps argues that Apple Computer has infringed its territory by entering the music business. They want the courts to make Apple Computer to drop the apple logo from the iTunes Music Store and pay unspecified damages.
With me so far? Well, BBC TV wanted a talking head to come and give an opinion about the case, so they invited British blogger and journalist Guy Kewney, an expert on Internet music downloads. Guy duly showed up at the studio and sat in a reception area, waiting to be called to go on air. When the call came, though, there was a mix-up in the reception area. The minion sent to get Mr. Kewney got Mr. Kewney's taxi driver instead.
The taxi driver, who didn't know what was going on, was sat down in the studio, had a mike pinned to his jacket, and was then interviewed. He coped quite well.
The cab driver is now, of course, a media star. He may never have to work again.
One little update for Derb though; as in the military the original reports are often wrong - he wasn't the taxi driver. He was actually there for an interview as an IT assistant. From the read at The Guardian, it looks like the BBC is showing their a55 on this towards the poor man, Mr. Guy Goma.
"I was very shocked. I just thought, 'Keep going'," said Mr Goma, a university graduate from Congo. He said he was "still waiting for the result" of his interview to become an IT assistant.You know, Simon and Carrie should take Mr. Goma out to dinner. He is the one showing poise and class in all this. The guy if from The Congo for the love of Pete. Cut him some slack. The BBC screwed up, not Mr. Goma. He should have a job now.
Unfortunately, News 24 presenters Simon McCoy and Carrie Gracie appeared about as sure of themselves today as Bowerman had last week.
"Is there anyone else you would like to impersonate?" asked Gracie. Misunderstanding the question, Mr Goma replied: "Yes, I really want to work at the BBC."
And when Mr Goma mumbled a reply to McCoy's query whether "EU membership for Bulgaria and Romania is a good thing," Gracie asked: "Do you have an opinion on everything?" Mr Goma, understandably, was lost for words a second time.