ABC News senior vice president of digital Paul Slavin sent the following email to his staff commending them on their efforts in covering Friday’s earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami, noting that the site streamed more video Friday than on any other day in its history:
Although the tragedy in Japan is still unfolding, we are proud to report that Friday, March 11, was the largest single-day consumption of video in the history of ABCNews.com.
Divisionwide coverage contributed to nearly 4 million video starts on the site, exceeding notable events including the 2009 inauguration, the 2008 election, and Michael Jackson’s memorial, among others.
Also of note, ABC News Digital ranked No. 8 in Nielsen in February, marking the 22nd consecutive month we have been in the top 10 news websites in the country. Our average rank over that period has been No. 8, and prior to that, we were consistently 14th.
With continued excellence in breaking news coverage, consistent technical improvements, and redoubling our commitment to essentials such as SEO, we are confident that the future will bring even more success.