Late yesterday evening, the BBC experienced a technical outage of its sites and services including the iPlayer.
The Beeb says that the downtime lasted for around an hour due to what big-wigs called a “major network problem”. Beyond that, no explanation was given.
Which of course led to speculation about whether this was due to some hardware giving out, or an organised attack on the Beeb by a disgruntled party.
It seems that it was simply configuration problems with the network, which were solved, at least according to PC Pro, by “powering down equipment and turning it back on again”.
Yes, the age old computer solution – if something isn’t working, switch it off, then on again.
A spokesman for the BBC said: “We’d like to apologise to everyone who couldn’t get onto the BBC News website during that time.”
On the upside, apparently the test card was displayed on the website error message, so that was a nice nostalgic blast from the past for those attempting to access the Beeb’s pages.