It’s 10 years since Guy Goma became an internet legend

11 May 2016

Guy Goma realises this isn't the interview he is supposed to be doing. Image via YouTube

Ten years ago this week, a legend was created, when Guy Goma showed up for a job interview at the BBC, and ended up being interviewed live on TV instead.

Guy Goma showed up at the BBC in 2006 to do an interview for a job in the IT department but, upon his arrival, he was mistaken for British technology journalist Guy Kewney and brought straight to the BBC news studio.

Kewney had been due to offer his analysis on a trademark rights dispute between Apple Computers and The Beatles’ record label.

Goma’s face, when he realises there has been a mistake, is priceless, but he gamely does his best to answer the questions, and his take on the future of the internet is really quite accurate.

The video turned Goma into a mini-celebrity, with him appearing on various chat shows and the incident inspiring an episode of comedy The IT Crowd.

Check out the video below and ask yourself if you would have handled the situation so well?

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Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.