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So what were you reading?
What stories did you, the users of BBC News Online, read on the site during 2003? Which stories did you send to your friends for them to read? For the first time, and after much number crunching, we present the site's most popular, and top stories from some of our different sections.

MOST READ STORIES IN 2003

STORIES MOST 'E-MAILED TO A FRIEND'

TOP TECHNOLOGY STORIES IN 2003


TOP UK POLITICS STORIES IN 2003

TOP MAGAZINE STORIES IN 2003

TOP ENTERTAINMENT STORIES IN 2003

TOP BUSINESS STORIES IN 2003


Any surprises for you on this list? Let us know your thoughts on it, by using the form below.

No surprise that the e-mailed stories tend to be the more bizarre ones - these are what I usually send on to people, though I suspect many people do so like I do by copying the address and putting that in a mail to people rather than clicking on the send to a friend option.
Richard Speight, Barnsley, UK

So much for dumbing down! I was so pleased to see how much "serious" news featured in the lists.
Teresa Arnesen, UK

Would have been interesting to see the "non-Iraq" lists :-)
Tony, Wales

It is interesting to note that when people are given a wealth of stories and are free to click on any of them it isn't the stories on Royal nonsense they go for but the most significant events of the day.
Nina Makepeace, UK

I would have liked to see information on the number of hits for the popular pages. It would also be interesting to see the least popular pages.
Dayton Clark, US

The most read stories were dominated by Iraq. The only exceptions to this were the Soham verdict, the Istanbul bombings and rape allegations against Premiership football players. Is that how people will look back at 2003? War, child murders, bombings and rape allegations against premiership players? What now for 2004?
Andy Campbell, England normally, but currently South Africa

This sort of information should be useful when determining which news stories get greater emphasis. TV and Radio presumably have a much harder task to find out what people are really interested in. If almost nobody clicks on a story about the Queen having a knee operation, for instance, then in the future there is not much point in having it as one of the headline stories.
Steve, UK

A couple of comments above seem to suggest that the news front page should only be the most popular news. I disagree! I often find the headlines enough coverage of some stories (eg. short lived marriages in Las Vegas). How about a list of the "most linked to" or referenced story from outside the BBC websites?
Tim, UK

No Concorde stories? Are you sure? This I find very hard to believe.
Richard Kyd, UK

I notice that what appears here is the opposite of the Google 2003 UK zeitgeist.
David Jackson, Spain

Looks like we weren't as interested in Hutton as the media wanted us to be.
Nic Croll, England

The most interesting thing I have read on the BBC website this year has been Ivan Noble's diary which has been an inspiration. If you haven't already read it then do!
Gemma, UK

I must say I'm surprised that Saddam Hussein's capture was not in the list, nor the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid.
Mark Ledger, England

I think the inclusion of the "at a glance" pages is misleading as they are updated throughout the day and so will have multiple hits from the same person. In fact clicking refresh will constitute a hit. I'm not sure that number of hits per page by distinct individuals would be an easy statistic to gather though!
Paul, UK

Perhaps technology will allow similar logging of audience interest. If this could be achieved "Real Time" then those programmes that are completely boring could just delete themselves from the programming schedules. That would be interesting topic for 'Have Your Say'.
Mike, UK

I would expect that the reason Saddam Hussein's capture didn't feature in the list was that it happened at the weekend. Most people probably use the weekend to get away from their desks and so received coverage of the story by other means. As for David Beckham moving to Real Madrid... I think a lot of the country are very bored of the Beckhams so I would have been surprised if the story had featured.
Stephen Edwards, UK

Would have also been interesting to see what the most read pages of news were in the different regions of the UK.
Dermot, Ireland

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