Exclusive: Top 30 News Sites for June

By: Jennifer Saba

MSNBC Digital Network tops the list of news Web sites with the most traffic in June with 37.6 million uniques according to new data from Nielsen Online. Yahoo News, which was the number one news site in May, had the second largest unique audience in June.

The New York Times made the top 5, once again besting Google News. NYTimes.com had 17.6 million uniques in June, up from 12.5 million in the TimeSelect days of June 2007.

Some of the biggest gainers in year-over-year uniques are The Huffington Post, up 209%; New York Daily News Online up 109%; and Slate, up 104%. Only two Web sites shed some of their uniques compared to June 2007, Hearst Newspapers Digital down 15% and CBS News Digital Network, down 1%.

The top 30 Online Current Events & Global News Destinations is based on U.S. home and work usage.

Collectively, Tribune Newspapers and Gannett Newspapers both beat out Google again in June.

Some new additions to the list since May: New York Daily News, which squeaked in at number 30 with 3.8 million uniques; New York Post Holdings; and the Guardian.

The Associated Press and Belo Newspapers fell off the list in June.

Where is the Wall Street Journal you ask? WSJ.com is on a different list one that tracks financial news. In June WSJ.com had 6.4 million uniques.

Below is a list of the top 30 Online Current Events & Global News Destinations for June 2008 provided by Nielsen (owned by E&P’s parent company. Please note that traffic can vary month to month based on several factors including news events.

Brand or Channel — June ’08 Unique Audience (000) — June ’07 Unique Audience

MSNBC Digital Network — 37,644 — 27,434
Yahoo! News — 34,992 — 32,293
CNN Digital Network — 33,918* — 28,321
AOL News — 22,081 — 21,938
NYTimes.com — 17,650 — 12,535

Tribune Newspapers — 15,059 — 12,038
Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division — 12,405 — 12,279
ABCNEWS Digital Network — 11,556 — 10,852
Google News — 10,543 — 9,195
Fox News Digital Network — 10,471 — 8,192

McClatchy Newspaper Network — 9,849 — 7,708
USATODAY.com — 9,626 — 8,592
washingtonpost.com — 9,062 — 8,181
CBS News Digital Network — 8,561 — 8,682
WorldNow — 7,957 — 6,963

MediaNews Group Newspapers — 7,442 — 7,384
Hearst Newspapers Digital — 7,372 — 8,624
Advance Internet — 7,107 — 5,761
Slate — 6,751 — 3,302
IB Websites — 6,079 — 5,351

BBC News — 5,944 — 5,733
Topix — 5,914 — 5,765
Boston.com — 5,226 — 4,254
Cox Newspapers — 5,122 — 4,835
Gannett Broadcasting — 4,806 — 4,241

New York Post Holdings — 4,617 — 3,057
Guardian.co.uk — 4,405 — 2,455
NPR — 4,300 — 3,121
TheHuffingtonPost.com — 4,042 — 1,267
Daily News Online Edition — 3,803 — 1,821


* Correction: Previously, Nielsen incorrectly reported that CNN Digital Network’s unique audience in June 2008 was 33,417.

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