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600 Million Page Views Is a Nice Problem to Have

August 21st, 2006 by Hans Bjordahl :: Comment »

I’m six months into my new role as a group manager at MSNBC.com and am still nothing short of stunned at the opportunity to be had at this company right now.

If you’re following the dynamics of the news business, you’re well aware that circulation at print newspapers is in a free-fall, and overall viewership of television news is on a steady (if less precipitous) decline. Where are all those news consumers going? Online. In droves. For July 2006, Nielsen/NetRatings reported that MSNBC.com’s page views cracked 600 million and unique users topped 24 million. (As is typical with the Nielsen/NetRatings our internal traffic numbers are even higher — by a significant margin.)

Into this fertile landscape MSNBC.com, a company born of a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft 10 years ago, carries a unique advantage:

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