The gruesome death of Gaddafi dominated the news in the week ending Sunday, October 23, from the red-tops to the quality press, reports journalisted.
The Libyan dictator killed after being found in Sirte, generated 555 articles (including reminders of the Lockerbie disaster, 134 articles; reminders of murdered police officer Yvonne Fletcher, 58 articles; and references to Gaddafi as 'Mad Dog', 43 articles).
The second biggest story was St Paul's Cathedral closes temporarily due to Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters, 173 articles; travellers at Dale Farm lose final legal battle against eviction and, after some resistance, walk away from the site, 155 articles; the Liam Fox and Adam Werritty saga continues to be reported, 129 articles; and UK inflation rises to 5.2%, its highest level for nineteen years, 118 articles.
Covered little, according to journalisted, was the world's first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, opened by Virgin Galactic, 12 articles; The University of Wales is effectively abolished after visa scam controversy, 8 articles; and suspension bridge collapses in India, killing 32, just 2 articles.
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