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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BBC? Bemused By Cockup...

Over on Thumping The Tub our friend Michael runs regular polls on various topical events. His current open musings ask what we think of the BBC - something I briefly touch on in this ancient post. And the reason I mention that?

Well, it seems that in its efforts to reach out to the common man the BBC has adopted the unusual approach of asking ordinary folk for expert opinions. For example, in debating the pros and cons of the Apple .v. Apple case BBC 24 opted to seek out the views of... a cabbie. Well, I suppose anyone who has travelled in a London cab before will know that the drivers aren't short of an opinion or two...

In this case, however, it was an almighty cock up. The intended interviewee was an expert named Guy Kewney. The bloke brought out on international TV? The cabbie who had come to pick him up after the interview whose name just so happens to also be Guy. Taxi for Auntie Beeb...

But at least the BBC are having a sense of humour about it - you can read the story on their own site, which will also let you watch the baffled driver gamely attempt to answer the questions posed to him...

Cheers m'dears!

Update: It appears that early reports that the Guy (ahem) was a cabbie were incorrect. He was, in fact, at the BBC for a job interview and had assumed that this was all part of the interview process, not realising he was live on air!

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21 Comments:

At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:30:00 pm, Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Whatever you say about the BBC, it's better than most of the networks over here.

 
At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:33:00 pm, Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

and nice to see you back in the present.

 
At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:16:00 pm, Blogger justin barker said...

Guy may have lost the first round but he sure seems to be winning all the rest.

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:19:00 am, Blogger redhead83402 said...

Wow, wouldn't that just make you hope you used Dial and brushed your teeth, never know WHAT those big companies might pull~ ;-D

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:46:00 am, Blogger Dr Joseph McCrumble said...

Back from your time travels then Binty?

What grabs me most is the way that the BBC use this cock-up as an excuse to be f-ing lazy. Instead of bothering to go collect some news they make a big thing out of it and, get this, re-interview him to ask him about his experience!

Now, call me post-modern, but so far as I can see that is taking the self-referentially-indulgent licence-fee-wasting piss.

grrrr

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:40:00 am, Anonymous sarah said...

we just ran this story tonight as a kicker.. the look on Guy's face as she asked him.. and the realisation dawned.

priceless.

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:41:00 am, Anonymous sarah said...

and about fucking time you wrote something new. i've read all this old drivel.

now.. speak scottish to me. i need to rub one out.

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:27:00 am, Blogger Binty McShae said...

MacBean, it doesn't take much to be better than Fux News or CuNNt. Did I tell you I once applied for a job with Al Jazeerah? That would have been interesting...

Justin, 15 minutes and all that...

Red, if it had been me you can guarrantee I would have forgotten to trim my nasal hair or something!

Dr Mc, they probably think it makes them look even more charming and trustworthy if they are able to take the piss out of themselves...

Sarah, this isn't the first time... I think you get your kicker stories form me. I want commission! And I'm sorry, I don't have an eraser for you to borrow. Although by the look of your shrunken blog you don't need one anyway...

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:33:00 pm, Blogger Sarah said...

smart.ass.

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:12:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Why, thank you! It's a little fatter than I'd like it to be, and a bit hairier too, but it's comfortable to sit on!

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 6:24:00 pm, Blogger SafeTinspector said...

I heard the story yesterday on NPR. They played the audio of the remarkably resourceful Congolese lad responding in serviceable genericisms to the two or three questions posed by the BBC interviewee.
I think he deserves a lot of credit for not putting the BBC on the spot right then.

By the time we got the story, it already included the fact that the fellow was a job applicant.

 
At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:39:00 pm, Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Binty McShae at Al Jazeerah? That takes terror to a new level!

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:57:00 am, Blogger Sarah said...

could be worse.. could be flat, like mine.

it's a reasonably unattractive ass.

good thing i've the personality and intellect to out match any physical flaws that i have. we all lose it when we're old anyway.

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 3:23:00 am, Blogger kari said...

Hey Binty! Just swinging by!

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:59:00 am, Blogger Binty McShae said...

SafeT - he did his best, didn't he!

MacB - sorry, old Bean... you show a level of ignorance there. Al Jazeerah is a television company that is spread over many countries... whilst they do show the videos sent to them by terror networks they are not a terrorist organisation themselves. I know Bush wanted to bomb them, but that's just because his interpretation of "freedom of speech" really ain't that free!

Sarah - your ass is flat? Did some bastard run it over!!!??? Poor creature! Mine is only fat because I feed him too many oats...

Kari - hey! Nice to see ya!

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 9:45:00 am, Blogger Sarah said...

happened in the tragedy of 1977.. that's old, for an ass.

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 2:33:00 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

hello again!

new labour kneecapped the BBC at the time of hutton and all that.

i don't think they were great before that either but an interesting comment came out the newsrroom att that time which was something along the lines of...

"investigative reporting at the BBC is not dead but investigative reporting into the government is dead"

since then their reporting (or lack of it) in iraq, specifically fallujah, Depleted uranium weapons and private military contractors has been an absolute disgrace

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 2:40:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

From my fourth ever post....

"...if I wanted news I always took to Auntie Beeb.... okay, still not completely independent and influence free, but at least you got the feeling that they tried - or at least you did until Blair's spin machine castrated them after the David Kelly suicide..."

That was the moment any vaguely remote idea of a 'free' media died in the UK. We should fucking mourn it...

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 2:41:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Oh, and nice to see you back Tubbie!

 
At Friday, May 19, 2006 2:16:00 am, Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Well this is a site well worth a frequent visit.

 
At Friday, May 19, 2006 8:03:00 am, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Thank you Hobbs, you're a gentleman.

....unless that was a dig at me not having posted anything new in a couple of days?

 

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