Seventeen years after Guy Goma was mistaken for an IT expert and dragged into a live broadcast interview, he is back to sue the public broadcaster over a non-payment of royalties stemming from the now viral clip.
The internet sensation was at the BBC for a job interview as a data cleanser in 2006 but ended up on the News 24 live interview as a guest after staff confused him with an IT journalist called Guy Kewney who has been booked to speak on the subject of trademark rights and the music industry.
Putting on a brave face, Goma answered presenter Karen Bowerman’s questions commenting on people “downloading [music] through the internet”.
The blunder has amassed more than five million views on the BBC News YouTube channel, however Goma said in a podcast that he has not received any royalties from the interview mix-up.
Speaking on podcast series Accidental Celebrities, Goma said he was “going to go” to court against the BBC because of the “money they made from [the interview]” and that he had not received “a single penny”.
He claimed he had contacted the corporation but it “didn’t answer” him.
Podcast hosts Josh Pieters and Archie Manners said his lack of compensation was “incredibly unfair” since his image and the clip had been seen worldwide.
Goma said: “They have been using it for nearly 20 years with no penny to me.
“When I see that they are paying people millions here and there, that clip made them richer.”
Elaborating on the interview which he openly admitted on air at the time as a “big surprise”, Goma revealed how before the ordeal he was offered make up, which he was baffled by.
He said he told the BBC that it had the “wrong person” following the interview but that the corporation did not “say a single thing for a week”. He added that he was considering writing a book, called Wrong Guy.
BBC is yet to react to Goma’s threat.