This from Beet.TV, an interview with CNN.com and CNN International.By 3pm US time, the sites had received 88 million page views this afternoon, three to four times more than on an average weekday, executive vice president of CNN News Services Susan Grant told Beet.TV. In this clip:
CNN.com Live (with has four simultaneous live streams), had generated 1.6 million views domestically and internationally – seven times higher than an average full day.
Grant expects today’s (Wednesday’s) traffic to be even higher.
Grant said that election day concerns were centred on the site’s capacity to handle the traffic, but that it was coping fine so far.
Grant also discusses CNN’s mobile offerings and its live video feed available through AT&T and Sprint.
Two years since its launch and CNN’s iReport has received 175,000 videos and photos on news topics from users.
According to a press release from CNN, 125,000 of these submissions were made in the second year of the project.
The user-generated content initiative attracts an average of almost 15,000 reports a month.
In February this year iReport launched its own website, which now has 85,000 registered users and, according to Nielsen Online figures, attracts 2.3 million unique users each month and generates 7.1 million page views a month.
The scheme has become ‘an exceptionally powerful newsgathering tool for the network’ and submissions and iReporters have been featured across CNN’s broadcast and online platforms, the company said.
“Sometimes the iReports we receive are first images of breaking news and often exhibit powerful points of view on issues or news events. But every day our iReporters show an enthusiasm for and pride in the community they have created,” said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services.