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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
'Wrong guy' loses shirt for Oxfam
Guy Goma being interviewed on BBC News 24
An online petition is calling for the BBC to offer Mr Goma a job

The man who mistakenly appeared as an IT expert on BBC News 24 is auctioning the blue shirt he was wearing on the day he became famous for charity.

Guy Goma was at the BBC for a job interview but a mix-up meant he was taken to a studio and asked on-air about the Apple vs Apple court case.

He was not offered the role as a data support cleanser but his TV appearance gained him worldwide attention.

He said equally "amazing things" could happen to the next owner of the shirt.

"This is the shirt I wore which nearly got me a job on the BBC," he wrote on the 15 Minutes auction website, where it is being sold.

"I didn't get the job but I did become an overnight celebrity. I'm auctioning this shirt off so that someone else can be as lucky as I was.

"PS: The shirt has been worn a couple of times (to interviews)," he added.

The proceeds from the auction will be donated to Oxfam.

Online petition

Mr Goma, a graduate from the Congo, was interviewed on BBC News 24 in place of Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net.

Mr Kewney had watched in horror in the reception area of BBC Television Centre as Mr Goma was introduced.

Mr Goma described his TV interview at the time as "very stressful" but said he would be prepared to return to the airwaves.

He said he was "happy to speak about any situation" but would insist upon "preparing myself" next time.

An online petition has been launched on Mr Goma's official website to secure him a position at the BBC.

"We urge the BBC to give Guy the job he applied for, or a better one," it reads.

By 1700 BST on Tuesday, more than 1,600 people had signed the petition.

The BBC promised to review its procedures when securing guests for its programmes to ensure the "genuine misunderstanding" did not occur again.


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