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June 28, 2007

Web Sites of Traditional French Media Outlets Boosted by International Traffic

PARIS, FRANCE, JUNE 28, 2007 – comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of the traffic to Web sites published by traditional French media outlets. Visits from international audiences account for up to 66 percent of the total traffic on specific sites.

The study examined the Web sites of the leading traditional media in France, including television, print and radio, for the month of April 2007. Notably, four of the top five largest French newspaper sites were shown to attract 35 percent or more of their audiences from outside of the country. Several of the more globally oriented radio and TV outlets generated between 54 and 66 percent of their Web audience visitation from outside of France.

“Despite the domestic nature of much of the reporting in France, which draws such a large domestic audience, it is interesting that such a large percentage of the total audience to the top newspaper sites would come from outside of France,” noted “Foreign interest in the French general election, which was decided at the beginning of the May, probably contributed to increased international traffic to French Web sites in April.”

French Television Sites Attract Strong International Audiences
Group TF1 internationalizes its audience thanks to Eurosport, its multilingual sports news site, and consequently receives 51 percent of its traffic from outside of France. TV5.org, which similar to Radio France International has holdings in foreign franchises, generates 54 percent of its traffic internationally.

Domestically-focused television stations have a much higher proportion of traffic from within France, but still attract more than 25 percent of their audience from international visitors. Group M6 generates 26 percent of its audience from outside of France, and France Televisions receives 44 percent of its audience from international visitors.

International Visitation to French TV Web Sites Ranked by Unique Visitors*
April 2007
Total France and Worldwide, 15+ – Home and Work Locations*
Source: comScore World Metrix
  Total Worldwide Unique Visitors (000) French Unique Visitors (000) % International Traffic**
Groupe TF1 10,360 5,127 51%
Groupe M6 5,775 4,265 26%
France Télévisions 5,174 3,416 34%
TV5.ORG 1,386 635 54%

* Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
 ** International traffic defined as online visitation originating from outside France. 

French Newspaper Sites Derive Traffic from Home and Abroad

Almost all of the leading French newspaper sites derive at least 20 percent of their total traffic from outside of the country. Only two of the eleven sites measured in the study – LeParisien.fr and Humanite.presse.fr – which have mostly French national content, derive more than 80 percent of their traffic domestically. The two newspaper sites with the largest worldwide audiences – Le Monde Sites and Le Figaro – generate more than 40 percent of their online traffic from outside of France.

By comparison, a similar U.K.-based comScore study recently found that U.K.-based publications, such as the Independent and the Daily Mail, received approximately 70 percent of their audiences from outside of the United Kingdom.

International Visitation to French Newspaper Web Sites Ranked by Unique Visitors*
April 2007
Total France and Worldwide, 15+ – Home and Work Locations*
Source: comScore World Metrix
  Total Worldwide Unique Visitors (000) French Unique Visitors (000) % International Traffic**
Le Monde Sites 4,889 2,923 40%
Le Figaro 3,056 1,814 41%
Nouvelobs.com 2,552 1,869 27%
LIBERATION.FR 1,413 918 35%
LEXPRESS.FR 1,151 727 37%
20MINUTES.FR 1,087 791 27%
LESECHOS.FR 617 478 23%
HUMANITE.PRESSE.FR 601 497 17%
LEPARISIEN.FR 456 374 18%
LEXPANSION.COM 454 277 39%
LATRIBUNE.FR 396 270 32%

* Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
** International traffic defined as online visitation originating from outside France.

Internationally-Focused French Radio Sites Derive Significant Share of Traffic from Abroad

Eight of the nine French radio Web sites examined by comScore attracted more than 20 percent of their total Web traffic from outside of the country. The only Web site with minimal international traffic was rmcinfo.fr, a locally-focused radio station that was founded in Monte Carlo and currently draws 13 percent of its audience from outside of France.

The country’s most internationally-focused radio Web sites are RFI.fr (the site of Radio France International), which receives 66 percent of its total traffic from outside of France, and NRJ Group, which attracts 45 percent from outside of France, driven largely by country- and language-specific sites for countries such as Sweden and Finland.

Of particular interest is radiofrance.fr, which was found to derive 36 percent of its traffic from international audiences. International traffic to the site is likely to have been caused by interest – particularly from countries such as Belgium and Switzerland – in the French Presidential election, which was decided on 6 May.

International Visitation to French Radio Web Sites Ranked by Unique Visitors*
April 2007
Total France and Worldwide, 15+ – Home and Work Locations*
Source: comScore World Metrix
  Total Worldwide Unique Visitors (000) French Unique Visitors (000) % International Traffic**
NRJ Group 2,967 1,623 45%
RADIOFRANCE.FR 1,002 644 36%
FUNRADIO.FR 837 629 25%
EUROPE2.FR 605 468 23%
RFI.FR 597 200 66%
RTL.FR 474 367 23%
EUROPE1.FR 429 329 23%
RMCINFO.FR 325 282 13%
RADIOFG.COM 325 255 22

* Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
 ** International traffic defined as online visitation originating from outside France.

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Ayaan Mohamud
comScore, Inc.
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