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The year in numbers

3.85m: size of fines imposed by the media regulator Ofcom on terrestrial TV channels for phone-in competitions where viewers had no chance of winning

2.7bn: amount paid for US media giant Dow Jones, publisher of 'The Wall Street Journal', by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation

33.2 million: people are living with HIV in 2007, 6.3 million fewer than previously estimated by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations

110: journalists in 27 countries have been killed this year, a 14 per cent increase on 2006

3,768: mentions of Madeleine McCann in the national newspapers since she went missing on 3 May

10: weeks at number one for Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, the longest reign at the top of the singles charts this year

11 million: copies of the seventh and final Harry Potter book were sold within 24 hours of its release in July