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News Of The World Shutting Down This Sunday Amidst Phone-Tapping Controversy!

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After 168 years in circulation, The News Of The World will release its final edition on Sunday, amid the allegations that the paper has unethically hacked into files and phones of people related to the death of Princess Dianna, the families of 7/7 bombing victims and others.

News International chair James Murdoch made the official announcement this morning to his staff and to the world, saying:

"The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself … In 2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or legitimate purpose. Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued. As a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter. We now have voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences. This was not the only fault. The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong. The company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret."

At least he's owning up to their faults (somewhat.)

Sunday's issue will be void of advertisers, opting to instead offer ad space to charities and good causes that could use the publicity.

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8 comments to “News Of The World Shutting Down This Sunday Amidst Phone-Tapping Controversy!”

  1. 1

    Probably because they know they'll sell about 3 copies after what they've done!

  2. 2

    They are a disgusting, unethical publication, good for Murdoch. Hopefully it sends a message to the other rags out there, they are not above the law.

  3. 3

    This was the only thing the Murdochs could do after the scandal. Question is how many other news papers are using the same unethical methods?

  4. 4

    Good. They will not be missed. Employees there now saying how hard done by they are because they were not working there at the time are still gulity. Gulity of contributing to one of the most unethical, lying, muck raking, abusive, destructive "newspapers" ever. To think these people went to university to get a degree to pump out shit and lies like that is mind blowing. They all deserve the sack. I will not lose any sleep over these bastards. The world will be a better place with out this rag. All profits should go to the Printer, shipping companies etc who will really lose out.

  5. @v@ says – reply to this


    What are the bets that they start up a brand new publication with an unbesmirched name and it'll be business as usual? About as good as the bets that this goes far further than what's been let on.

  6. 6

    Re: @v@ – Apparently the Sun will now be running for 7 days instead of 6 so there really will be no difference. I do, however feel sorry for those who lost their jobs when they were too low down at the paper to know this was going on or didn't deal with this area at all…

  7. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Black Swan – They'll cherry pick and give their favorites new positions. It's a vast media empire.

  8. 8

    'At least he's owning up to their faults' THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT?!