The BBC faced fresh embarrassment last night when it was realised that Broadcasting House, the corporation's headquarters, is not really there.
BBC Director General Mark Thompson discovered the discrepancy himself when he tried to attend a meeting on the subject of faked phone-in competitions.
General Thompson told readers of the BBC's website:
"When I got to the place Broadcasting House should be, there was just a big space with tumbleweed blowing through it. I thought to myself 'We've got a problem!' We've suspended all BBC activity until the building is located."
The corporation has been involved in several fake scams lately, including phone-in quizzes, Blue Peter, Comic Relief and the Queen debacle which was part of the BBC's Fake Week.
The BBC, or, to give it its full name, the Big Brother Corporation, said it had commissioned the services of Patricia Trust, a totally trustworthy individual, to root out any dishonesty and fakery still present at the Beeb, and to find its HQ.
"If that building is around, I'll find it. You can rely on me", said Miss Trust.