belfasttelegraph.co.uk enjoys bumper election audience as platform nominated for Newsawards 2017
Tele up against Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and i for news website of the year
The Belfast Telegraph's online platform enjoyed a bumper election campaign with more than a million first preference votes for our coverage.
While Friday brought the dramatic conclusion to the snap election which saw unionism lose its overall majority, Mike Nesbitt his job as UUP leader and a rejuvenated nationalist vote, it also saw a huge increase in traffic to belfastelegraph.co.uk.
On Friday the site had 1.3million visits, 80% from the UK. During the day and into the early hours of Saturday morning there was some 2.7m page views from more than 700,000 unique users.
Incredibly, in the small hours of the morning as the final few crucial results filtered through, traffic on the site was akin to that of a busy week day with thousands anxiously waiting on those last few seats being called.
belfasttelegraph.co.uk has enjoyed record-breaking figures over the past year mostly as a result of the political upheaval.
The platform has firmly cemented its place among the online giants of news reporting for the UK and continues to set the bar and the agenda for the day.
And on Monday the site was short-listed for News Website of the Year against five national titles at Newsawards 2017.
The Tele will go head-to-head with the Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The i for the prestigious crown.
Last year the Belfast Telegraph won Website of the Year at the Regional Press Awards - widely regarded as the industry's Oscars. It went up against the Birmingham Mail, The Chronicle, Newcastle, Southern Daily Echo, Eastern Daily Press and city rivals The Irish News.
Judges praised the site's 50% audience growth, it's "great interactivity and media content" and "delivering what readers want on a daily basis".
Belfast Telegraph Digital