The BBC is said to be unimpressed with a spoof website which reported Gordon Brown supposedly admitting his affair with Ann Widdecombe.
The fake website, which had been running for two years, is also said to link to actual BBC stories. It has now been taken down by its creators.
The Telegraph reports that other celebrity stories published included one about Philip Schofield being kidnapped by a gang demanding £5 million.
The BBC said: ‘The website is not authorised by or connected with the BBC and we are considering our options.”