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19th Dec 2022

Revealed: The top 30 news stories of 2022

Jack Peat

Liz Truss getting outlasted by a lettuce made the top 5! 

Britain’s favourite news moments of 2022 include the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Lionesses winning the Euros and the Will Smith and Chris Rock slap.

A study of 2,000 adults revealed 20 per cent were hooked on reading about the constant concession of Prime Ministers.

Whilst 17 per cent were shocked the UK came second in the Eurovision song contest and 11 per cent couldn’t believe Matt Hancock entered the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ jungle.

Other top moments include Liz Truss getting outlasted by a lettuce (20 per cent), David Beckham queueing to see the Queen’s coffin (17 per cent) and the dog that turned itself into a police station after being spooked by fireworks (14 per cent).

The research, commissioned by digital magazine and newspaper app Readly, found 71 percent of adults think 2022 has been a particularly memorable year in terms of news.

Chris Couchman, head of content at Readly said: “2022 has certainly been a year of ups and downs with war, covid recovery, inflation and now strikes.

“We have mourned some of the nation’s most popular characters whilst winning one of the World’s top tournaments.

“The concern around COVID-19 has been taken over by the cost-of-living crisis.

“If we were told we’d see three Prime Ministers this year and also our monarch’s reign would come to an end, you wouldn’t believe it, but it seems no news is surprising these days.”

In a typical month this year, 11 per cent of respondents have had 10 or more conversations about memorable events with friends, family and colleagues.

Just over seven in 10 (71 per cent) consider themselves in the loop with current news events.

With news broadcasts on TV (46 per cent), newspapers (34 per cent) and the radio the most common ways of getting this kind of information.

Nowadays though, Brits also like to get their news in other forms, with 42 per cent saying they are listening to podcasts and 14 per cent are getting it through digital magazines.

The Trojan Horse Affair (16 per cent), BBC Good Food with Tom Kerridge (14 per cent) and Desert Island Dishes (12 per cent) were among the most popular podcasts respondents listen to.

The OnePoll study also found that Love Island (38 percent), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (36 per cent) and I’m a Celebrity (34 per cent) are the topics adults don’t want to hear any more about.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves after attending the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Daniel Leal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Followed by YouTube personalities (32 per cent), Cristiano Ronaldo (31 per cent) and cryptocurrencies (29 per cent).

The Queen came out on top as the most shocking death of the year (37 per cent), with Dame Olivia Newton John (20 per cent) and Robbie Coltrane (19 per cent) close behind.

Of the last 10 years, 2022 and 2020 were voted the most memorable for news events by 12 percent of respondents.

The research also found that sports (31 per cent), politics (31 per cent) and entertainment (29 per cent) are the topics people prefer to read most about.

And 74 per cent of people said they can’t quite believe some of the stories that are reported in the media and a further 25 per cent often find themselves ‘doomscrolling’ their social channels.

When looking at the year ahead, 27 per cent think there will be more positive news in 2023 than this year.

Chris Crouchman, of Readly, which saw 286,000 digital issues read 146 million times on the platform this year, said: “Some of the news this year has been difficult to take in, but this has been coupled with happy, heart-warming events that have united the nation and we have seen much appetite for across our portfolio of digital magazines and newspapers.

“Our data insights shows that reading has spiked in categories such as news and politics, craft and DIY and TV, film and cinema this year.

“Whilst celebrity, motoring and lifestyle were the top read categories in the UK, people are also reading more about weddings, travel and crafting hobbies this year.

“It will be interesting to see what 2023 brings, let’s hope it’s less doom and gloom and more upbeat, positive news that we can all look forward to.”

Favourite news stories of 2022 

1. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

2. Lionesses winning the Euros

3. Having three Prime Ministers in one year

4. Liz Truss getting outlasted by a lettuce

5. Ukraine win Eurovision – with the UK coming second

6. David Beckham queueing to see the Queen’s coffin

7. The football World Cup taking place in Qatar

8. The dog that turned itself into a police station after getting spooked by fireworks

9. Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill becoming the popular song in the world

10. The Will Smith & Chris Rock slap

11. NASA successfully crashes a spaceship into an asteroid

12. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case

13. Matt Hancock going into ‘I’m a Celebrity’

14. David Tennant becomes he ‘new’ Doctor Who

15. Elon Musk buying Twitter

16. Liverpool being announced as the host of the 2023 Eurovision song contest

17. The Wagatha Christie trial – Rebecca Vardy vs Coleen Rooney

18. Return of Glastonbury – headlined by Paul McCartney

19. Neighbours ends – and is then brought back by Amazon

20. The release of Top Gun: Maverick

21. Holly and Phil queue jump

22. Nigels from across the world gather at a Worcestershire pub after the name became officially extinct

23. The new series of Stranger Things

24. Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

25. Kanye getting dropped by Balenciaga and Adidas

26. Joe Lycett appears to shred £10K cash in row over David Beckham’s Qatar deal

27. The ABBA Voyage virtual concert residency

28. Just Stop Oil activists throw soup at Van Gogh painting

29. The sign for Cock Bridge, a village in Scotland, being stolen so many times ‘tamper proof’ ones were erected

30. The rise of TikTok

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