Today show fail: ‘I’m not from the police’

 

TODAY show newsreader Lara Vella proved she's a pro on air this morning after an awkward case of mistaken identity.

In her news update shortly after 7.30am, Vella was presenting a story about the NSW Police Band which has adapted a popular Christmas carol to warn people against scams this festive season.

"Here to tell us more is the Commander of the NSW Financial Crimes Squad, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett," Vella said.

"Good morning to you. It certainly is a catchy tune and I reckon you're hoping that people will remember those lyrics too."

But rather than cross to the Detective Superintendent, Today cameras crossed to a different guest sitting in another studio.

"Ah, sorry, I'm actually here to talk about road safety. I'm not from the police," the confused woman said apologetically to Vella.

A guest called Lyn explains to Lara that she’s not the right person for this segment
A guest called Lyn explains to Lara that she’s not the right person for this segment

Without missing a beat, Vella quickly responded: "OK, well, we'll definitely come back to the Detective Superintendent for more on that. We'll throw to Deb now. Thank you."

A Channel Nine spokesman blamed the awkward mix-up on "simple human error" and explained the road safety expert's name is Lyn which is very similar to Linda, the guest they were meant to be crossing to.

The Today show gaffe reminded us of the most famous case of mistaken identity on TV from way back in 2006.

Congolese taxi driver Guy Goma rocked up to BBC News 24 for a job interview for a data support cleanser.

When a staff member came into reception and asked for Guy, the cabbie put his hand up and was escorted to the TV studio, unaware that the staffer was actually looking for a tech expert called Guy Kewney who had been booked in for a live interview.

Guy suddenly found himself live on air being interviewed about Apple's legal battle with record label, Apple Corps, and remarkably he went along with it and tried to answer the questions to the best of his ability.

Relive the magic below:



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