Live streaming of Rupert and James Murdoch giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry this week reached 2,336,367 people across 215 countries. The ITN Productions live stream was delivered by Rightster across ITN’s network of publishers sites including Mail Online, Guardian.co.uk, ITN.co.uk and Facebook.
The peak viewing time on Wednesday 25th April, the first day of Rupert Murdoch’s appearance, was at 12pm when the number of people streaming the footage reached 609, 328 at peak. The spike on the second day of Murdoch’s appearance occurred at 11am and was watched by 580,806 viewers, during the Guardian’s 2009 revelations that phone hacking was more widespread and at the time when Murdoch quoted: “The police totally disowned it, said it was wrong.”
The figures from Rightster, the cloud-based rights and distribution technology company, show that more people watched the live stream of this week’s appearances than during Rupert and James Murdoch’s appearance at the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee last year.