Man mistaken for tech expert by BBC says he will sue over


A man who was mistakenly interviewed by the BBC has said he will sue the broadcaster over royalties from the viral footage.

Guy Goma found himself being quizzed on technology’s threat to the music industry when he was mistaken for a tech expert on BBC News 24 in 2006.

A clip of the interview showing Mr Goma looking bemused as he attempts to answer questions has since been viewed millions of times.

But the computer technician says he hasn’t received payment and argued on podcast Accidental Celebrities that he deserves royalties.

Mr Goma, 54, told the podcast: “Did they pay me for that clip? No. They are waiting for me to take them to court.”

Asked if he planned to go to court, he said: “I’m going to go… The money they made on it… They didn’t give me any single penny.”

He continued: “They are using that clip for nearly 20 years with no penny to me. When I see they are paying so many people millions, a million there – that clip made them rich.”

Mr Goma said he is writing a book about his experience, with working title The Wrong Guy.

He was waiting in the broadcaster’s main reception as music expert Guy Kewney was in another part of the building getting ready for a live interview.

A producer sent to collect Mr Kewney was sent to the wrong reception and asked a receptionist if she had seen him.

The receptionist mistakenly pointed to Mr Goma, which led the producer to ask if he was Guy Kewney.

But Mr Goma only heard the first name and thought the producer was taking him for his job interview.

He was taken into the studio, fitted with a microphone and placed before a camera before going live on air.

Mr Goma realised the blunder when journalist Karen Bowerman started quizzing him about a court battle between Apple computers and the Apple Corps record company.

He tried to bluff his way through by talking about how the case might lead to more people downloading music online.

Reliving that moment, he said: “I’m honest. I said, ‘God help me’ at this time, because I don’t know what to say…

“I just said to myself, those two products need to work together.”

He went on to explain to the people interviewing him for the job he had been interviewed on live TV.

But Mr Goma said he did not receive a job offer after an interview which followed soon after his television appearance.

Mr Goma said he realised the clip had gone viral three days afterwards when he saw his face in the newspapers.

A YouTube clip of the interview has amassed more than five million views alone.

Express.co.uk has approached the BBC for comment.

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