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The Tech Impersonator
On May 8, 2006 - a BBC new show covering the most recent Apple / Beatles court case introduced a man as Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net, as a commentator on the case.  Little did the anchor know, the man she was interviewing was actually Guy Goma,  a Business Studies graduate, from the Congo, and he was there in reception because he was applying for a high level IT job with the BBC - but whom a rushed staffer plucked from the lobby.

Mr. Goma initially looked shocked upon seeing himself on television but then quickly recovered for what may be one of the all time great bluffs.  If not for his heavy accent - I don't think anybody would have figured out he shouldn't have been there.

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Guy Kewney - a white, bearded technology expert - was astonished to see himself appear on screen as a black man with an apparent French accent. He was even more shocked to see himself unable to answer basic questions about the legal battle between the Beatles' Apple Corps and Apple Computer over the use of an apple symbol.

Mr. Kewney, an IT journalist, watched as Guy Goma, whose identity remained a mystery until it was revealed on Monday night by the BBC, gamely attempted to answer questions fired at him by BBC consumer affairs correspondent Karen Bowerman.

Mr. Goma, a graduate from the Congo, described his surprise interview ordeal as "very stressful". He found himself being ushered into a studio and fitted with a microphone after raising his hand when a producer called out the name Guy Kewney.

On his website, the real Mr. Kewney, said that the man "seemed as baffled as I felt" when asked about the consequences of the lawsuit live on BBC News 24.

It is unclear why Mr. Goma identified himself when Mr. Kewney's named was called although the fact that he had the same first name may have caused the confusion.

Only when Ms Bowerman announced live on air the name and title of the man who should have been there and asked the first question did the driver realize there had been a mix-up.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately we did make a mistake and the wrong person was interviewed briefly on air before we cut to our reporter.

"We apologize to viewers for any confusion."