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The Celebdaq bi-annual report 2003

Today sees the first birthday of - the phenomenally successful BBC website, and the six month anniversary of the BBC THREE TV show.

To mark the occasion, the Celebdaq team has compiled the first ever Celebdaq Report, which will be unveiled in a live broadcast from the Egg nightclub in London's King's Cross.

The event will be hosted by the incomparable Patrick O' Connell, who will be joined by an array of showbiz hacks offering insight and comment on the report and the stories which made their headlines.

For the past six months, BBC THREE's Celebdaq team has measured every single national daily newspaper and a selection of weekly magazines to calculate exactly how many square centimetres of press have been won by more than 500 celebrities.

The top 50 includes 17 men and 33 women, 16 musicians, 15 TV personalities, 10 movie stars, four royals, three models, an author and a sportsman.

But who have been the top 10 most written about stars since the start of the year?

In January 2003, the revelation that Zoë Ball was conducting an affair with DJ Dan Peppe caused a storm of publicity, booking her a spot at number 10 with over 61,000 centimetres squared devoted to the story.

As we continue the countdown, it will surprise no-one to see those Anglo-American Queens of Publicity, Catherine Zeta Jones and Liz Hurley, fighting it out for the front page.

But in the end, a court battle over invasion of privacy, a smash hit musical, an Academy Award and a baby just weren't enough for CZJ to fight off the seasoned publicity machine that is Liz Hurley.

Hugh Grant's former girlfriend stomped her kittened-heeled way into eighth place with 66,332 cm sq over the former's 61,444 cm sq.

The number seven spot saw a late entry by the indomitable JK Rowling, who stormed the chart with more than a little help from a certain boy wizard.

As the long awaited fifth instalment of her epic tale of witchcraft, wizardry and teen angst was unleashed on an adoring public she winged her way up the chart on a gold embossed Firebolt, amassing an amazing 69,920 cm sq.

On we go to number six, which sees another worthy entrant in the Celebdaq report, as Michael Jackson re-emerged from his self-imposed exile in a blaze of publicity.

As a result of that interview he was once more catapulted into the glare of the world's press and onto the front page of every newspaper.

75,729 cm2 of allegations and speculation was quite a return to form by the music legend.

And from one member of pop's royal family to another, the number five spot welcomes Kylie, who owes much to a scene-stealing performance at the Brit Awards.

Justin's strategically placed hands, the insatiable press interest in her turbulent love life and her pert derriere, and the launch of a new lingerie range, ensured that the Antipodean pop princess was certainly not short on column inches.

She was honoured with an impressive 86,309 sq cm of column space.

From princess to prince. Harry smoked, drank and polo played his way into the newspapers over a scandal-hit few months.

Before he left the insular world of Eton behind him, he opened the doors to the press, garnering yet more column inches and, in doing so, securing his place at number four in the Celebdaq Report with 94,685 sq cm of coverage.

Despite a valiant effort from the other half of Britain's most famous couple, Mrs Beckham once again failed to make the top spot.

But it was certainly entertaining watching her try. Stepping out in a variety of Dolce & Gabana numbers earlier this year, it was clear that she was back in shape and back to stay after the birth of Romeo.

In at number three - it's a position she's well used to - Posh pressed and flashed the flesh as she schmoozed her way up the chart, racking up 110,040 sq cm of space in the process.

Back in May, with a 21st birthday looming large on the horizon, William became Crown Prince of the Exchange, as newspapers salivated over the King in Waiting before he came of age.

A couple of months on, and one gate-crashed birthday party later, he is still making headlines.

Number two is his final chart position, with a surprising 189,974 cm sq of space given over to him.

But there was only ever going to be one winner.

Step forward David Beckham OBE, who takes his place at the top of chart and is crowned King of the Exchange.

Keeping the nation enthralled with continually changing hair styles, meetings with cultural icons, locker room showdowns, shock transfers, co-ordinating outfits and an emotional promotional tour of the Far East, the past six months have further consolidated his position as a global icon.

Holder of the highest share price on the exchange at £184.39, love him or loathe him, there can be no disputing a staggering combined total of 200,090 sq cm of space dedicated to the life and times of a media superstar.

Series Producer Chris Wilson says the report "is set to become the definitive indicator of celebrity obsession.

"The report quantifies fame and reveals who really are the most written about celebrities in Britain today."

Providing some insight into the phenomenal success of the site, Online Content Producer Joanne Wilson feels that "what makes Celebdaq so addictive is that it gives people a valid reason for keeping up with celebrity gossip.

"What better excuse to pick up the Daily Star or heat magazine than research for investment opportunities?"

For further analysis of the past six months in the irreverent world of showbusiness, tune in to BBC THREE at 10.30pm today (Friday 4 July) to join Paddy and friends as he runs through the who's, what's, whys and wherefores of the inaugural Celebdaq Bi-Annual Report.

Celebdaq Top 10 At a Glance

David Beckham
200,090 sq cm
Prince William
189,974 sq cm
Victoria Beckham
110, 040 sq cm
Prince Harry
94,685 sq cm
Kylie Minogue
86,309 sq cm
Michael Jackson
75,729 sq cm
JK Rowling
69,920 sq cm
Liz Hurley
66,332 sq cm
Catherine Zeta Jones
61,444 sq cm
Zoë Ball
61,000 sq cm

Notes to Editors

Beckham mania in Asia (19.06.03)

Hugely popular BBC online trading game, Celebdaq, to get its own TV show on BBC THREE (29.11.02)

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.



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