Man who became internet sensation after BBC mistakenly interviewed him live on TV plans to sue corporation

29 August 2023, 11:15

Guy Goma became an internet sensation overnight
Guy Goma became an internet sensation overnight. Picture: Shutterstock/BBC
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

A man who became an internet sensation overnight after the BBC mistakenly interviewed him on TV says he is planning to sue the corporation over lost earnings from the clip.

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Guy Goma turned up at the corporations HQ headquarters for a job interview in 2006, but was mistakenly put live on BBC News to be asked questions about internet music downloads.

He had taken the place of Guy Kewney, an IT journalist, who had been invited on to talk about a legal battle between Apple Corps and Apple Computers.

Mr Goma's interview has been viewed on the internet millions of times, but he says he has not received any royalties arising from the interview.

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He told the Accidental Celebrities podcast: "I contacted them, they didn't answer me. Did they pay me for that interview? No.

"They are waiting for me to take them to the court."

When asked by hosts Josh Pieters and Archie Manners if he intends to go to court against the corporation, he replied: "I'm going to go...because of the money they made on it and they didn't give me any single penny."

He added that the BBC has been using the clip for 17 years with "no penny to me", later adding "that clip made them richer".

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Mr Manners told him the lack of payment seemed "incredibly unfair" given how many times the clip has been watched.

Earlier on the podcast, Mr Goma revealed how when he arrived at BBC studios he was given make-up.

He said: "I said 'excuse me, I don't need that, I just came for the job interview, I don't need make-up'."

Guy Goma
Guy Goma. Picture: Shutterstock

In the clip, he initially appeared surprised but answered all questions and claims business journalist Karen Bowerman did not realise anything was wrong.

After the interview, he told the BBC it had interviewed the wrong person but he did not hear from the broadcaster "for a week", missed the job interview and did not get the position.

The BBC has not commented on the situation.

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