MEDIA: bbc.co.uk pulls in US visitors in wake of attacks

UK-based website bbc.co.uk received a massive influx of US visitors

following the terrorist attacks on the US.



Numbers rose from 146,000 average daily unique US users in the week

ended 9 September to 526,000 per day the following week, according to

internet research company Jupiter MMXI. Users are counted once on a

site, regardless of the number of visits they make.



But the weight of traffic to US sites, such as ABCNews. com, was not

mirrored here, Jupiter said.



'Although UK sites saw an increase, it wasn't by the same

proportions.



People turned to traditional media such as TV,' a spokesman said.



The BBC news portal was the top news and information site for UK users,

while Guardian.co.uk and Sky.com were also popular. The Sun newspaper's

site, the-sun. co.uk, beat the online operations of broadsheet rivals

such as The Times, FT and The Daily Telegraph according to Jupiter. It

had 139,000 visitors in the week after the attacks.



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