News story of the year 2004

The least interesting story of 2004 is also the most widely covered, namely the Knutby murder story where a pastor from the Pentecostal movement convinced a nanny to shoot his wife and trying to kill the man next door. Swedish media have written an astonishing amount of articles about this non-story which has all the ingredients that make up the perfect news; sex, religion, murder, infidelity and new technology. The murder took place in early January of 2004 and during the year Swedish media published incomprehensible 11,977 articles (online articles from Retriever search).

Top 20 media in terms of number of articles published:

Aftonbladet 653

Upsala Nya Tidning 630

Expressen 530

Nya Dagen 518

Sveriges Radio 507

GT 467

Helsingborgs Dagblad 338

Svenska Dagbladet 311

Hallands Nyheter 292

Dagens Nyheter 285

Länstidningen Östersund 265

SVT Nyheter 265

Eskilstuna Kuriren 253

Gefle Dagblad 253 245

Östersunds-Posten 233

Tidningen Ångermanland 223

Norrländska socialdemokraten 223

Sydöstran 218