Daily Mail beats New York Times to become world’s most visited news site

Britain's Daily Mail has gained the distinction of owning the world’s most visited online news website after the latest batch of figures released by tracking firm comScore revealed it had overtaken the New York Times.

The stats show that the Mail Online reached 45.3m people throughout the month of December, edging out longstanding titleholder the NYT, which saw just 44.8m.

Martin Clarke, editor of the Mail Online, attributes his sites rise to posting stories which “people want to read” in an “entertaining, engaging way with clear, concise, straightforward copy and lots of good pictures.”

The NYT disputes the statistics however, pointing out that comScore included a personal finance site in the Mail’s total, giving it an unfair advantage.

NYT spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said: “It's a roll-up of their properties, we remain the number one individual newspaper site in the world”, adding that the Mail is “not in our competitive set.”

USA Today, the Tribune newspapers and the Guardian round out comScore’s top 5 online newspapers.

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