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BBC gaff #2

So, you can’t have members of the public in studios for the (public) performance of music…

…but you can interview random members of the public (or just cab drivers) about the recent Apple iTunes/Beatles music download ruling.

This story was going around the BBC last week, but didn’t realise it was now “out”…

“He is the BBC’s latest star – the cab driver who a leading presenter believed was a world expert on the internet music business.

The man stepped unwittingly into the national spotlight when he was interviewed by mistake on the corporation’s News 24 channel.

With the seconds ticking down to a studio discussion about a court case involving Apple Computer and The Beatles’ record label, a floor manager had run to reception and grabbed the man, thinking he was Guy Kewney, editor of, a specialist internet publication.

Actually, he was a minicab driver who had been waiting to drive Mr Kewney home. “

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(Sorry for my virgin link to the Mail on Sunday website…)

Published in BBC News Website News


  1. Comedy gold. Bring him back every week.

  2. I couldn’t understand some parts of this article , but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

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