Most popular videos of 2010

December 10, 2010

From the iPad to a bus siege in Manila to top model gaffes and bejeweled bras, 2010 was an eventful year. Reuters videographers were on the scene at many of these major stories to bring viewers the latest news, often at great risk to themselves as seen by the tragic death of a Reuters cameraman in Thailand.  Their work, sometimes daring, sometimes fun, prompted our audience to click and share. Here’s a look at the most popular video from each month.

JANUARY: Apple ready for big device debut

The launch of Apple’s iPad was a highly anticipated event and it propelled this preview video to the most popular for January.

FEBRUARY: Luge crash death overshadows Games

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games began with tragedy after Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed while on a training run. The horrific circumstances of the crash and what this meant for the upcoming Games kept viewers clicking on this video.

MARCH: A monorail that gets you pedaling

Weird and wonderful technological advancements are guaranteed to peak reader attention and this pedal-powered vehicle was no exception.

APRIL: Reuters Thai riot video released

Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto was tragically killed during violent riots in Thailand. Seven minutes of film taken by Muramoto illustrated how the scrappy street protest turned deadly on a balmy Bangkok night.

MAY: Spanish bullfighter gored

Bullfighting, while often controversial, makes for compelling video footage as the drama is played out in the bullring. Perhaps the bull’s triumph against the bullfighter is what kept viewers watching this video?

JUNE: U.S. woman sets world’s fattest goal

In a culture that promotes weight-loss through popular culture phenomenons such as the “Biggest Loser”, this New Jersey woman’s attempt to be the world’s fattest woman at 1,000 pounds intrigued viewers.

JULY: Bank for India’s sex workers

The old adage of adding sex to a headline to catch people’s attention, certainly is true for this video that was released in 2007 but saw a resurgence of traffic this year.

AUGUST: Bloody end to Manila hostage drama

When a former policeman took a group of tourists hostage in Manila, the bungled police operation to rescue them played out on TV screens across the globe.

SEPTEMBER: Soros: Gold “not safe”

Whatever billionaire investor George Soros says is golden as this popular clip of his interview with Reuters Global Editor at large Chrystia Freeland shows.

OCTOBER: Red faces over top model gaffe

The excruciating moment when an Australian top model host realizes she has announced the wrong winner of the contest made for great TV and got our readers sharing this embarrassing video.

NOVEMBER: Bejeweled bra exposed in NY

The reasons behind the success of this video leave little to the imagination, as does the lingerie it exposes…

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