Tuesday 22 December 2009

Oh good, more lists... the top US news and showbiz stories making headlines in 2009

The American economy was the top news story of 2009, followed closely by the inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to The Associated Press' annual poll. Here are 2009's top 10 stories as voted by the editors and news directors:

1. The US economy. Jobless rate topped 10%.

2. President Obama's inauguration.

3. Health care. Contentious debate over plans to overhaul US health care system.

4. The auto industry. GM and Chrysler file for bankruptcy.

5. Swine flu.

6. War in Afghanistan.

7. Death of Michael Jackson.

8. Fort Hood rampage. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of killing 13 at military base in Texas.

9. Death of Edward Kennedy.

10. ‘Miracle on Hudson'. US Airways passenger jet emergency ditching in the Hudson River. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, was hailed as a hero for averting a disaster.

The showbiz and tv stories of the year were:

1.Death of Michael Jackson; 2. Susan Boyle becomes overnight sensation; 3. Late-night tv swap, Conan O'Brien took over the "Tonight" show, and Jay Leno moved to 10 p.m; 4. Death of news anchor Walter Cronkite; 5. Talk-show host David Letterman accused of affairs with staff; 6. Chris Brown assaults Rihanna; 7. Kanye West gatecrashes Taylor Swift speech at the MTV Video Music Awards; 8. Live video on the web; 9. Reality TV stars Kate and Jon Gosselin split; 10. Heath Ledger wins posthumous Oscar.
Via Editor & Publisher.


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