Killing boosts news sites' readership

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16 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — Many news websites in the Netherlands have seen their readership rocket in November. The main reason seems to be hunger for news relating to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

16 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Many news websites in the Netherlands have seen their readership rocket in November. The main reason seems to be hunger for news relating to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Nu.nl, the second most popular Durch language news site after Telegraaf.nl, recorded about 18 million page views a week in the spring of 2004.

In the week after the murder of van Gogh on 2 November, the number of pages viewed jumped to 40 million.

Many news sites were practically inaccessible for several hours due to the huge number of readers in the hours after the murder.

Aside from the news about the ongoing murder investigation, there was also a lot of interest in the 14-hour police siege of a house in the Hague on 10 November.                                    

Two suspected Islamic militants were eventually arrested and are accused of throwing two hand grenades at police trying to raid the house.

The website of neswspaper NRC Handlesblad also noted a huge rise in  visitors.

Nieuws.nl, another news site, reported that its readership levels quadrupled on 2 November. Site director Ton Visser said the same thing occurred following the assassination of politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 and the death of popular crooner Andre Hazes in September.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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