EXCLUSIVE: Top 30 Global News Sites

By: Jennifer Saba

The Huffington Post continues to attract more readers, despite the end of election season. According to the latest figures from Nielsen Online, the number of unique visitors to the Huff Post grew 244% to 6.1 million in December compared to the same month a year ago.

In November, 7 million people visited the site — a 270% year-over-year increase.

In fact, most of the global news sites tracked by Nielsen for this list grew their year-over-year audience in December.

Uniques at Fox News advanced 60% to 13.7 million year-over-year. The New York Daily News: Up 99% to 5.8 million. The monthly unique audience rose 55% to 4.5 million at The New York Post.

Below is the December list provided by Nielsen (owned by E&P’s parent company). The percent change is for December 2008 compared with December 2007. Please note that traffic can vary month to month based on several factors, including news events. The list is based on a U.S. home and work panel.

For November?s list, go here.

Top 30 Gobal News Sites

MSNBC Digital Network — 40,351,000 — 33%
Yahoo! News — 39,904,000 — 13%
CNN Digital Network — 37,210,000 — 12%
AOL News — 18,969,000 — (-16%)
NYTimes.com — 18,187,000 — 6%

Tribune Newspapers — 16,724,000 — 2%
Fox News Digital Network — 13,781,000 — 60%
Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division — 11,477,000 — (-10%)
ABCNEWS Digital Network — 11,420,000 — 16%
USATODAY.com — 11,420,000 — 15%

McClatchy Newspaper Network — 10,994,000 — 35%
Google News — 10,742,000 — 4%
CBS News Digital Network — 10,062,000 — 23%
washingtonpost.com — 9,470,000 — 12%
BBC — 8,276,000 — 11%

WorldNow — 8,031,000 — (-4%)
Hearst Newspapers Digital — 7,980,000 — 22%
MediaNews Group Newspapers — 7,724,000 — 22%
Advance Internet — 7,140,000 — 25%
TheHuffingtonPost.com — 6,140,000 — 244%

Daily News Online Edition — 5,883,000 — 99%
Topix — 5,420,000 — 4%
Cox Newspapers — 5,307,000 — 40%
Gannett Broadcasting — 4,953,000 — 6%
Slate — 4,715,000 — 0%

New York Post Holdings — 4,557,000 — 55%
Boston.com — 4,086,000 — (-6%)
Freedom Interactive Network — 4,023,000 — 44%
MailOnline — 4,014,000 — 0%
Telegraph — 3,816,000 — 50%

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