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Kevin Bakhurst Kevin Bakhurst | 16:16 UK time, Thursday, 25 November 2010

Following Jana Bennett's announcement of BBC TV viewing figures, I'd like to give a few more details about a record performance for the BBC News Channel.

This year has seen many major news stories, including the UK general election, the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods, the shootings in Cumbria and the Chilean miners. During events like these, some traumatic and some complex, many people turn to the BBC. In the year so far, 9.6 million people have watched the channel each week: a 24% increase on 2009, when the average was 7.7 million.

The highest reach recorded for a UK news channel and for the BBC News Channel (7.4m) was on 11 May, the day that Gordon Brown resigned and David Cameron became prime minister. This was closely followed by 7 May, the day after the general election, when 7m watched and 13 October when 6.9m watched the rescue of the Chilean miners.

The channel is also watched live on the BBC News website by a large and growing number, often as part of the site's live pages on major stories.

The day after the election, there were more than 5.5m requests for the live page and there were around 3m requests for the live page on the day the Chilean miners were rescued.

Kevin Bakhurst is the controller of the BBC News Channel and the BBC News at One and the deputy head of the BBC Newsroom.

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    The channel is also watched live on the BBC News website by a large and growing number, often as part of the site's live pages on major stories.

    Does the rest of the BBC News web site attract a 'large and growing number' of readers? I'm interested in how things are going since the dreadful changes of a few months ago. I suspect advertising revenue in the US is up and UK readership is down.

    Does the BBC have any figures?

 

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