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The ten most-read news stories on in 2012

By | Published on Friday 4 January 2013

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Below are the ten most read news stories on of 2012. The Pirate Bay makes three entries, thanks to the court ordered web-blocking by UK ISPs, a brief period of downtime, and the ongoing legal battles of the rogue BitTorrent service’s founders. However, the delay of the eleventh version of iTunes resulted in the single most popular article of the year.

Second most-read was a report on the child abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile, as questions about other former Radio 1 DJs were raised. Also in the top five, sandwiched between two Pirate Bay stories, is Adele and her increasing influence. Meanwhile Tulia’s sex tape and Dappy’s attempt to identify her partner in it is sixth, followed by the world’s shortest One Direction interview.

Drawing the list to a close are stories about Chris Moyles’ future following his departure from the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and Freddie Mercury’s cameo role in Queen’s West End musical ‘We Will Rock You’ as one of those terribly fashionable hologram things.

The top ten in full:

01 Still no iTunes 11, but reports of iStream continue
02 As Savile scandal grows, DLT accused of groping, and Peel wing of BBC HQ questioned
03 The Pirate Bay down, but not because of police raid on its hosting firm
04 Adele tops Forbes’ 30 Under 30 musical influencers list
05 Pirate Bay founder takes case to European Court Of Human Rights
06 Tulisa sex tape hits the net, Dappy does detective work
07 One Direction issue statement on banned interview question claims
08 Virgin Media instigates first British Pirate Bay block
09 Chris Moyles unlikely to return to conventional radio
10 Freddie Mercury ‘hologram’ added to We Will Rock You cast

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