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Random person being mistaken as tech expert in interview is one of BBC’s greatest moments as it turns 100

Jake Massey

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Random person being mistaken as tech expert in interview is one of BBC’s greatest moments as it turns 100

As the BBC turns 100, why not look back on one of its greatest ever moments? I am, of course, talking about the time a guy who turned up for a job interview was interviewed live on air, having been mistaken for a tech expert. Watch the telly gold here:

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Guy Goma was mixed up with technology expert and journalist Guy Kewney, and was stuck live on BBC News to discuss the case Apple Corps v. Apple Computer, back in 2006.

Perhaps thinking this was some think on your feet, straight in the deep end type of interview, he kind of tried to blag it - despite obviously not having a clue what was going on.

Fair play to him though for giving it a damn good go. I mean, the dialogue is just as enjoyable to read:

Karen Bowerman: Well, Guy Kewney is editor of the technology website Newswireless. Hello, good morning to you.

Goma: Good morning.

KB: Were you surprised by this verdict today?

Goma: I am very surprised to see... this verdict to come on me, because I was not expecting that. When I came, they told me something else and I am coming. "You got an interview," that's all. So a big surprise anyway.

KB: A big surprise, yeah, yes.

Goma: Exactly.

Devastatingly, Guy didn't actually get the accountant job he was subsequently interviewed for - though he could be forgiven if he was feeling a little frazzled.

Guy went for it. Credit: BBC
Guy went for it. Credit: BBC

But while he didn't come away with a job, he did become a part of TV history.

And of course, while the gaffe will always live long in the memory, the BBC has also provided countless glorious moments that weren't cock-ups over the past century.

Sir John Reith was appointed as the first general manager of the company in 1922 and later became the first director-general of the new British Broadcasting Corporation after it was established by the Royal Charter in 1927.

The BBC launched its first daily radio service in London, titled 2LO, on November 14 1922 with the world’s first regularly scheduled TV service following in 1936.

On January 22 1927, the broadcaster aired a football match live on the radio for the first time with Henry Blythe Thornhill Wakelam commentating the Division One game between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Highbury, which ended 1-1.

Sheila Borrett became the first female radio announcer on the BBC’s national service in July 1933, but she was removed three months later due to thousands of complaints from listeners who were uncomfortable with her role.

Annie Nightingale later became the first female presenter on BBC Radio 1 in 1970 and is the station’s longest-serving host.

The BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s coronation in 1953 also marked a milestone for broadcasting history as it was the first service to be televised and for most people it was the first time they had watched an event on television.

July 1 1967 was another historic day as BBC Two hosted the first colour television broadcast in the UK when covering the Wimbledon Championships, with full colour service launching on BBC One in 1969.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: UK News, BBC, TV and Film

Jake Massey
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