The ABC News website has been down since early this afternoon on desktop preventing readers from accessing its content.
A message on the site this afternoon says it is experiencing “a technical outage” on its desktop site, which was the third most visited in the country in September with a unique audience of 2.942m users.
The ABC has posted a selection of headlines and abstracts from some of its top news stories to the page, but there are no clickable links. It has also created a live blog to give rolling updates on events while the site is down.
However the website is still apparently available on mobile devices, while an ABC spokesperson said they are working to resolve the issue.
6.55pm update: The ABC issued a statement saying: “At around 1130 (AEST) today, technical problems triggered an outage of the ABC News website (abc.net.au/news) and the ABC RN website (abc.net.au/rn). The sites’ web servers locked, which has prevented any content from being uploaded. Technical teams are working to fix the problem so that the sites are operational again later this evening.”