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BBC's website went down and an old childhood nemesis freaked everyone out

That old test card made a terrifying reappearance.
Mar 14th 2015, 2:51 PM 19,971 10

THE BBC WEBSITE is back online after an outage that lasted for an hour this afternoon.

Visitors to the broadcaster’s website were shown an error message as the site was down across all sections including news, sport and iPlayer.

BBC down Source: BBC/Screengrab

The message changed during the course of the outage with some users reporting the return of the BBC’s old test card featuring a creepy clown.

The BBC has itself acknowledged the fault through social media.

The broadcaster hasn’t yet given any details with BBC technology reporter Dave Lee tweeting that it the problem also affected the BBC’s internal systems.

There is no immediate indication as yet that BBC’s website was the victim of a cyber attack.

Some, however, have joked that the problem could be connected to the current dispute with star presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

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