On the corporation's website a ticker along the top of the screen was accidentally labelled: 'Obama dead' before being hastily corrected.
Mistake: The BBC and U.S television networks incorrectly reported that Barack Obama, right, was dead rather than Osama Bin Laden, left.
The BBC however was not alone in making basic errors in its reporting and U.S. TV networks committed a series of embarrassing blunders too.
Shortly after 11pm a reporter for MSNBC Tweeted that it was Mr Obama, not Bin Laden, who was dead.
She later removed the post.
the U.S. President had been killed - rather than the world's most wanted man.
Republican-supporting Fox News also blundered when its anchor Geraldo Rivera announced that Mr Obama had been shot - as live pictures showed him walking away from giving his speech.
'President Obama, speaking from the East room of the White House, telling the nation and the world President Obama is in fact dead, it was a U.S. led strategic...'
He was interrupted by his female co-anchor and corrected himself, saying: 'I’m sorry, Osama Bin Laden is dead, a strategic operation, they caught him in a mansion outside Islamabad. 'dailymail.co.uk'