Now, this is embarrassing. Google accidentally removed a number of publishers from Google News.

This first started popping up in the Google News Forums until Google put their hand up and said: “our bad, whoops, sorry, red-faced, we are so ashamed”. Okay, they didn’t really say that. What they did, in fact, say via the engineering director at Google News (Maricia Scott) was:

We apologize for the issue that resulted in a number of sites being delisted from Google News. This was an unintentional technical issue and not something we did manually. We are working hard to identify the sites that were incorrectly affected and will get them back in as soon as we possibly can.

It is unclear how many were impacted by this, however, it has been confirmed that all is now right with the world and the error has been resolved….phew.