Australian radio station outs Lula impersonator
November 9th, 2009 - 11:39 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

A man carrying out interviews with the world’s media by pretending to be Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been found out by an Australian radio station, the broadcaster said yesterday. The prankster readily discussed the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in radio interviews conducted in Portuguese.

But a quick-thinking employee at Australia’s SBS Radio - which specialises in foreign language broadcasting - noticed the sound quality of the interview with the fake Lula was poor. We did in fact pick up on that,” an SBS source, who did not want to be named, told AFP. “Apparently it was all to do with the fact that the president has his own radio studio.”

SBS said executive producer Beatriz Wagner became suspicious after recording the interview with the impersonator and noticing a strangeness in the tone and content of Lula’s speech. She asked the station’s stringer in Brazil to investigate and he discovered the hoax was likely to have come from a local radio comedy show. The station did not broadcast the interview.