BBC websites go down worldwide [Updated]

It's not every day a website as large as the BBC disappears off the face of the Earth, but today is one of those days.

As of around 10 minutes ago news.bbc.co.uk, bbc.co.uk and pretty much every other URL pointed anywhere near the BBC stopped responding - and if Twitter is anything to go by the issue appears to be worldwide.

Is this the beginning of the end of the world? Probably not, but you wouldn't think it looking through the various tweets using the hashtag #bbcblackout!

There is currently no official word from the BBC as to why they're offline - we sure do hope some poor intern hasn't tripped over a wire somewhere!

Update: And it's back!

Panic over people, the BBC is alive once more. We're hearing from Beeb fans far and wide that all BBC online services are returning to normal (including BBC staff email), including the ever-popular iPlayer.

All in it appears the BBC was wiped off the internet for a little over 30 minutes, though that depends on exactly who you ask, and the reason appears to be a rather mundane one - network failure.

We still prefer our 'tripping over a wire' hypothesis, though!

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all it takes is a high volume router to fry and boom run and find the spare one to connect as fast as possible and config it faster then you've ever moved! *LOL*

neufuse said,
all it takes is a high volume router to fry and boom run and find the spare one to connect as fast as possible and config it faster then you've ever moved! *LOL*

It would take much more than one router for a worldwide outage. I suspect one of their network infrastructure providers pushed out a new (and erroneous) config to a group of routers instead of just one; they probably fixed it instantly but it would of taken at least 30 minutes to propagate.

All in all a pretty quick turn around. I imagine that would of been a fun time to be a fly on the wall in their NOC.

"As of around 10 minutes ago" - is that properly citing the time? I'm curious not trolling. Wouldn't x:xxam/pm + date make more sense? Just sounds grammatically incorrect but what do I know.

Alladaskill17 said,
"As of around 10 minutes ago" - is that properly citing the time? I'm curious not trolling. Wouldn't x:xxam/pm + date make more sense? Just sounds grammatically incorrect but what do I know.
It is grammatically correct, except for the missing comma after the introductory phrase.

Specifying "As of around 10 minutes ago" is simply an ambiguous time reference, unrelated to grammar. On the other hand, if you would have mentioned best practice...

warwagon said,
It's just a website. Sometimes I think people don't have enough worry about.

Pretty sure its more than just a website, it was Every single site they did for all the tv stations, radio stations localised websites for each region, also the entire bbc iplayer site went offline along with all the streaming content, you make it sound like it was just one small website but alas it wasnt it was their entire network right down to their internal mail system...

warwagon said,
It's just a website. Sometimes I think people don't have enough worry about.

I was listening to my local BBC radio station late last night on my iPhone and it went off for quite some time. So your very wrong, it's more than "just a website" as Fubar said.