May 15th, 2006

Caricature

I'm Guy Kewney. No, I'm Guy Goma.

More on the fake Guy Kewney case.

A day or two ago, IT commentator Guy Kewney got called in for an interview on BBC News 24 on the culmination of the Apple vs Apple court case. But the person who appeared in front of the cameras was (pretty obviously) not the right person.

It now appears that the person who did appear was not the cabbie supposed to pick Kewney up at the end of the interview, but a Congolese candidate for a data support job, named Guy Goma. And when asked "Are you really Guy Kewney?", it seems very plausible that to him, it was a poor attempt to pronounce his name, but that it was him they were after.

So what about the interview? Well, he was there for an interview. A job interview, yes, but an interview. And when asked the questions, he looked startled for a moment, but gamely did what a good interview candidate should do and tried to think on his feet. The cameras? Well, odd, but it's a big media organisation, and it's not unheard of for such interviews to be filmed for later feedback and discussion.

So, an interesting screw-up. Murphy must be chuckling up in heaven.

Unless you know better.