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Johnston Press changes top story league table

The announcement that five Johnston Press owned daily newspapers were to go weekly was the most viewed story on HoldtheFrontPage last year.

Last April’s story saw the company confirm plans to move the Scarborough Evening News, Halifax Courier, Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Northampton Chronicle and Echo and Northants Evening Telegraph to weekly publication.

It was viewed 9,859 times on the site making it the most viewed story of the year and the second most viewed ever behind the 2011 story about the Sunday Herald naming a footballer involved in a privacy case.

Second most viewed story of the year with 9,847 views was the ABC figures for regional daily newspapers, with the Western Mail picture caption error which appeared to make light of the death of an airport boss in an air crash was third with 9,694.

Overall the site recorded more than 7m page views during 2012 from nearly 2m unique visits.

Here’s our list of the top 10 most viewed stories for the year.

  1. Five Johnston Press dailies to go weekly

  2. ABC figures for regional dailies

  3. Western Mail caption error apology

  4. Johnston Press outsources ad jobs to India

  5. Archant reporter sacked after naming sex abuse suspect

  6. Sunderland Echo editor Rob Lawson quits as print jobs axed

  7. Northcliffe Media sold to Local World consortium

  8. Coventry Telegraph editor Darren Parkin suspended

  9. Dream cruise promo picture/headline juxtaposition

  10. Tributes to sports reporter Danny Fullbrook