In an unusual turn of events, a man who unexpectedly found himself being interviewed live on air by the BBC is pursuing legal action against the corporation. This incident, which took place in 2006, has sparked a controversy as the interviewee claims he has suffered financial losses due to the broadcast.
The Mistaken Interview:
Guy Goma arrived at the BBC headquarters in 2006 for a job interview, but instead of discussing potential employment, he found himself in front of the camera talking about internet music downloads. The mistake occurred when he was mistakenly identified as technology journalist Guy Kewney, who was supposed to comment on a legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Computers.
Despite the mishap, the interview blunder garnered significant attention, accumulating over five million views on the BBC’s YouTube channel. However, Guy Goma alleges that he has not received any compensation for the widespread popularity of the clip.
Legal Pursuit for Lost Earnings:
Expressing his discontent, Goma announced on the Accidental Celebrities podcast that he intends to sue the BBC for the earnings he believes he missed out on due to the interview. He pointed out that the BBC has utilized the clip for the past 17 years, generating profits, yet he hasn’t received a single penny.
Determination to Seek Justice:
When asked about his decision to take legal action against the corporation, Goma emphasized his resolve, stating, “I’m going to go… because of the money they made on it and they didn’t give me any single penny.” He firmly believes that he deserves compensation for unwittingly becoming a viral sensation that enriched the BBC.
Goma revealed that he attempted to contact the BBC regarding compensation but received no response. He lamented that despite the widespread use of the clip, he has not been included in the financial gains resulting from its popularity.
During the podcast, Goma recounted his experience at the BBC studios, mentioning how he was offered makeup despite his purpose for being there. He recalled telling them that he was there for a job interview, not a television appearance.
The BBC, in response to the situation, has chosen not to provide any commentary on the matter.