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MSNBC, CNN Top Global News Sites In March, NY Times Top Paper
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MSNBC, CNN Top Global News Sites In March, NY Times Top Paper

As the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were announced, Nielsen Online released data on unique visitors to online news sites for March 2009. MSNBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News led the way, with each showing gains over last year’s traffic numbers. The BBC (up 61%), Fox News (up 48%) and McClatchy Newspaper Network (up 20%) reported solid gains while, Gannett Newspapers (down 11%), USA Today and CBS News (both down 7%) slid down from last year’s mark. The NY Times, which led all outlets with five Pulitzers, drew 7% more visitors than the previous year making it the top newspaper site.

Top Global News Sites, by Unique Visitors: March 2009
Rank Site Unique Audience YOY Change
1 MSNBC Digital Network 39,900,000 9%
2 CNN Digital Network 38,724,000 4%
3 Yahoo! News 37,902,000 16%
4 AOL News 23,604,000 1%
5 NYTimes.com 20,118,000 7%
6 Fox News Digital Network 16,791,000 48%
7 Tribune Newspapers 16,513,000 16%
8 Google News 13,668,000 18%
9 McClatchy Newspaper Network 12,508,000 20%
10 ABCNEWS Digital Network 12,189,000 4%
11 Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division 11,609,000 (-11%)
12 USATODAY.com 9,961,000 (-7%)
13 CBS News Digital Network 9,599,000 (-7%)
14 washingtonpost.com 9,367,000 5%
15 BBC 9,022,000 61%
Source: Nielsen Online

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