For a period of about 10 minutes this afternoon, the online feed of C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by programming from RT, an international English-language news network backed by the Russian government.
“We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence,” C-SPAN said in a statement. “We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue. I that changes we will certainly let you know.” The oddity was spotted by Deadspin’s senior editor Timothy Burke.
Here’s the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. pic.twitter.com/mhWVgCoFxF
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
Update: “We do not believe that we were hacked.”
Statement from C-SPAN about January 12 Online Signal Interruption pic.twitter.com/dlkSOntJgz
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 13, 2017