Award-winning international news and media agency, Ruptly, today announced the achievement of two major milestones for its YouTube channel: reaching the threshold of one million subscribers, and being named number one on Tubular Labs’ recent ranking of the top 30 global news agencies on YouTube in January.

Defeating big-name incumbents, including Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Europa Press and CCTV+ to the top spot, this latest accolade further underlines the broad appeal of Ruptly’s video offering, and its ability to captivate audiences with its raw news content.

In rankings compiled by Tubular Labs, an industry-leading social media benchmarking company, Ruptly is shown to have amassed a total of over 32 million views across all of its YouTube content in January. This places Ruptly 10 million views ahead of its close rival in the Tubular Labs news agency rankings, TNAMCOT.

The most popular video from Ruptly’s recent line-up, registering over 800,000 views, depicted the funeral of General Qassem Soleimani in the city of Tehran. In striking footage, viewers see tens of thousands of people flooding the streets of the city to pay their respects to Iran’s former Quds Force General and other militia leaders, who were controversially killed in a US airstrike now confirmed to have been ordered by President Trump to “protect US personnel abroad”.

Other top-viewed videos from Ruptly included: further footage from General Soleimani’s funeral, this time depicting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he tearfully led tribute prayers (over 500,000 views); footage capturing the moment a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off with at least 170 people on board (over 400,000 views); and a dramatic rally in Virginia’s state capital led by opponents to the gun control regulation proposed earlier that month (over 400,000 views).

Laura Lucchini, Ruptly’s Head of News, commented: “I’m proud to see Ruptly’s content attracting the attention it deserves. These new figures are testament to the strength and breadth of the content we deliver for clients and of its clear public appeal. The popularity and newsworthiness of our content reinforces the knowledge among clients currently working with us, and new partners alike, that our content will generate results on their channels and platforms too. Having come in at number three on the same report last year, there is nothing better than to lead the industry at the start of 2020.”