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News Of The World To Close After Sunday’s Last Edition

News Of The World, the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper, will publish its final edition this Sunday amid a huge amount of controversy resulting from revelations regarding a phone hacking scandal. News Corp International, the parent company, has decided to stop publishing the newspaper.

The newspaper has been embroiled in a scandal recently which has revealed that News Of The World staff members hacked phone voicemail messages. These people who allegedly had their phones hacked included Ryan Giggs, John Terry, Andy Gray and many others.

The straw that broke the camel’s back happened this week when claims that the paper hacked into mobile phones of a 13-year-old murdered schoolgirl as well as families of bombing victims from the 7/7/2005 bombings in London.

The newspaper, which is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has come under intense criticism and scrutiny due to the scandal. News Corp International also owns Sky Sports, FOX Soccer and tons of other subsidiaries.

The News Of The World, which is the Sunday sister paper of The Sun, was founded in 1843. The Sunday tabloid has often featured extensive English football coverage especially regarding transfer gossip and saucy affairs involving footballers.

Labour MP Tom Watson told Sky News that the end of the newspaper was “a victory for decent people up and down the land, and I say good riddance to the News of the World.”

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  1. eplnfl

    July 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I think it’s hard for most American’s to understand the significance of the move. Needless to say some people belong in jail for what they did and it’s time that the legal action in England commence.

    As an American Progressive I may not be a fair judge of Murdoch and his empire that spans the world. From what I read and hear it does appear that Murdoch is trying to prevent further harm to his holdings by deflecting attention from the criminal wrong doing by closing the paper at least temporarily or renaming it. I would hope the English public will see through that and by their choice in news inflicted the appropriate punishment. Hopefully legal proceedings will uncover exactly who did what and make those responsible pay for their wrongful actions.

  2. Brian

    July 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Eric F, you offer no evidence to back up your claim that NPR or the NY Times are more biased than the tabloids you read. Which tabloids are you talking about? Be specific.

    I have been reading the NY Times for over 30 years and while there has been scandals that have rocked the paper, they have dealt with them firmly by dismissing those responsible. No one who has ever been part of any wrongdoing was kept by the paper. Its editorials are liberal and they make no assertions to the contrary. Yet, on many occassions they have gone after liberal politicians. They have on many occassions endorsed conservative politicians. So to put the NY Times in the same category as any Murdoch-owned entity is absolutely absurd.

    Now maybe you can give us all an example of any Murdoch-owned entity you can say the same about. Even the conservative Wall Street Journal readership is upset with some of the changes Murdoch has brought about. Its editorials have changed for the worse. Just ask the conservatives who used to like the Wall St. Journal’s integrity and progressiveness.

  3. Clampdown

    July 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    How so? Please point out where I have called something bias without evidence.

    • RaiderRich

      July 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

      I did in my post. It’s not my fault you can’t own your own words.

  4. Eric F.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Jason, I’m a relatively conservative guy who listens to NPR and reads the NY Times. I hear and read more outrageously biased, divorced from reality trash from those sources than I have ever seen in a tabloid rag. The veneer of post-grad, smug urbanity from those sources just makes their bias and unreality more stark and offensive. I read above an eighth grade level, so I don’t have much general interest in the tabloids. Unfortunately, there’s not really much of a place for sophisticated news reporting that does not descend into bias, so I’m sort of stuck. Just don’t pretend that teh sharks out for Murdoch haven’t been grinding their axes for years waiting to use them on a pretext like this.

    • Clampdown

      July 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Examples, please, of this “outrageously biased, divorced from reality trash.”

      My guess is that because it doesn’t conform to your particular worldview, you see it as bias. There was a time in this country when people knew the difference between news and editorials (or editorializing), but most don’t anymore.

      • RaiderRich

        July 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

        Clampdown: “My guess is that because it doesn’t conform to your particular worldview, you see it as bias. ”

        Wow, there’s the pot calling the kettle black.

      • Eric F.

        July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

        To assert that the NY Times or NPR is not biased is just not a serious assertion. There is a reason that the left intelligentsia in every town in the country listens to NPR and reads the NY Times and it’s not because they are unbiased. I don’t understand the disingenuous clinging to the notion that these sources are objective. People who say that look silly, if not dishonest.

        • Rudy_Cantfail

          July 12, 2011 at 12:24 am

          “To assert that the NY Times or NPR is not biased is just not a serious assertion.”
          Haha. The irony makes my head hurt.

  5. RaiderRich

    July 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    “The NY Times may be left leaning but its reporting is first class and second to none.”

    How quickly we forget the Jayson Blair scandal.

    • trickybrkn

      July 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

      NYT didn’t forget… They have set up strict standards to make sure that never happens again. Sorry if you disagree with a few editorials, but don’t forget they do print many right leaning editorials. And do employ David Brookes.

  6. Jason

    July 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Eric F, I cannot believe you’re comparing the NY Times to the News of the World. Have you ever read the News of the World? I doubt it. Yes, both papers have had scandals but the integrity of both papers is miles apart. The NY Times may be left leaning but its reporting is first class and second to none. Its editorial is left leaning. The News of the World is nothing but a tabloid. I’ve read both and know the difference.

  7. Eric F.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    There have been quite a few scandals involving the NY Times as well over the years. It seems that you are letting your hard left political biases through here. Note that the “coverage” of this 2002 incident at the News of the World is itself reported by Murdoch’s political enemies and business adversaries, not exactly lending itself to an unbiased exposition.

  8. Rob

    July 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I think what we saw here was such a desire to get a scoop on the rest of the worldwide media that a publication would stoop so low as to break into people’s truly personal lives. They went beyond “anonymous sources” to break what I always thought would be the one impenetrable in journalism: personal devices. If you’re dumb enough to leave your mobile in a bar and someone finds whats on it, that’s your own damn fault. But when a paper that claims to carry legitimate news stories goes so far as to hire those who break into these devices, you put yourself below the TMZ’s and Drudge Reports on the world…

    Good riddance.

  9. Gary

    July 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    The words truth and News of the World don’t go together, chris jackson. I doubt very much if you’ve ever read the News of the World. Yes, it was the biggest selling paper but it was nothing more than a tabloid rather than a serious newspaper.

  10. chris jackson

    July 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I think its a sad day, the UK’s favourite newspaper of decades just finishes. People want the news, the truth – and regardless of how they got their news, the news of the world was usually taken as so, the truth.. the other newspapers just simply cant compete with that, the public juat dont believe what they are reading in the others.

    • trickybrkn

      July 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      NOTW was NEVER in my lifetime about news nor truth. It was a skin rag.

      The only people that thought NOTW was truth, was uneducated pikies who bought it for the free DVD in the first place.

      It was always the place for sleazy journos to spin a yard that would only be surpassed by next weeks lies…

  11. brian c

    July 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    A friend of mine pointed out to me that reporters get far less time with athletes in the UK than in the US, and that feeds the gossip and paparazzi that swarm athletes.

    Honestly, I don’t know much about the personal lives about my local Phillies and Eagles (except for Vick’s obvious problems and Andy Reid’s degenerate kids) and the media typically leaves them alone here, unless they get arrested or do other things that deserve the media’s attention.

    Maybe it’s a cultural thing? I cant really explain it but there aren’t the sorts of coverage about the personal lives in the media here in Philadelphia involving players from the Eagles and Flyers, for example.

  12. Andrew

    July 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    It’s a shame we can’t get rid of all the tabloids in England. At least in America, nobody takes our tabloids seriously. For some reason, in England, people choose to believe way, way, way too much of the garbage they write. Not just stupid people, either.

    News of the World has always been the worst of all of them, but here’s to hoping that big scandals will come along and destroy The Sun, The Daily Mail, and the rest of the trash that ruins the worlds of football and current events.

    • Keith

      July 8, 2011 at 3:53 am

      Yeah, but we have Fox News which is 100 times worse. Sadly, many, many, many people take Fox News seriously.

      NYT “All the news thats fit to print”
      Fox News “All the lies that we could find”

      • El Tri 2014

        July 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

        You must be joking; the New York Times is the most anti-American, anti-religious, anti-democratic paper in the U.S. If you want the truth, stay away from the Grey Witch (NYTimes), it is filled with pages of deceit and condescension towards all Americans. You have to keep in mind that most honest Americans don’t reside in NY or LA.

        • Clampdown

          July 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

          Hahahahahaha …..

          Funniest post ever on this site.

          “most honest Americans”

          Bwaahahahahahaha …… Did you finish sixth grade?

          • RaiderRich

            July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

            Right, because Clampdown has the divine right to label people as “not having left sixth grade”, and yet someone else labeling isn’t permissible


          • Clampdown

            July 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

            Hypocrite? Hardly. He made the same old tired, baseless accusations we’ve heard over and over again from the lunatic fringe in this country. The kind of accusations made by uneducated people who are easily manipulated by talking heads on cable “news” programs.

            I don’t care if you disagree, RaiderDick.

          • RaiderRich

            July 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

            Clampdown’s dictionary:

            Lunatic Fringe: n. anyone who disagrees with Clampdown’s worldview.

        • Robert

          July 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

          And yet you’re implying that Americans residing in those cities aren’t honest, which is exactly the Fox News agenda, and sounds eerily similar to Palin’s gaffe about “the real America.” Your political ideology would be easier to swallow if you weren’t so sanctimonious about it.

  13. Sweeney

    July 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’m not surprised about the Spurs and Sunday Times connection. Levy and Murdoch are in bed together. Too bad Murdoch is allowed to get away with owning so many media outlets. Those of us who watch Fox Soccer or any of its other entities are just feeding his frenzy and making him richer.

  14. joe m

    July 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Just want to add my obligatory “Don’t Buy The Sun” comment.

    • YankRed7

      July 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      was just about to post the same thing

  15. trickybrkn

    July 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    This is just a joke, they are not folding just re branding as the Sunday Sun.

    But, the next flap will be how Tottenham private dicks tapped the phones, internet and financials of a woman and her teenage daughter, who was consulting for WHUFC. I blatant violation of privacy laws at the behest of THFC. Then leaking the info to the Sunday Times, another of Murdoch’s News Corp holdings.

    The background is this. The woman is dating a man who works for WHU. She also works in a position for the OPLC (The Olympic Park Legacy Company). Tottenham is their quest for the stadium saw this as a conflict. Amid stories that she had been seen at Upton Park and working there, hired private investigators. They discovered she was paid money from West Ham. West Ham hired her to help with the conversion process vendor breakdown. Sunday Times printed a story that this was slush money. West Ham fired back with a libel case. The couple was suspended under an investigation is concluded. Everyone involved has said that the position she held was in no way involved in the bid process or selection process. Further, she held no influence in either. Yet, Tottenham gained her bank, and phone records. Followed her and her daughter around London for weeks. and then the Sunday Times prints the story based on illegally obtained bank records etc. I have no idea what really has happened here, because its slanted journalism. Almost pay for play, as it seems that Tottenham realized they had no way of winning the Stadium in the courts, and in desperation tried to win it in the court of public opinion.

    anyway… News Corp is NOT about news…

  16. Steven

    July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I agree that News of the World will be replaced by Sun on Sunday. Same crap, different name. Murdoch cannot be beaten. He’s a megolomaniac with money.

  17. David

    July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Murdoch will just start a new paper or media outlet to replace News of the World. Worse, all those jackasses who work for that paper will come here and run Fox’s US interests including Fox Soccer. Oh wait, they’re already here.

  18. rooney

    July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Just the tip of an iceberg and a desperate ploy by the geriatric megalomaniac to protect his brood.Watch out for the reincarnation “Sun on Sunday” horror of horrors that Rebekah Brooks might be on page 3.

    • Clampdown

      July 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Yep. From the NY Times:

      As a colleague at The Times notes, a search of recently registered Web domains shows that someone in Britain snapped up the url just two days ago.

  19. Jason

    July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    One down and a thousand more to go. Got to start somewhere.

  20. oliver

    July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    “Labour MP Tom Watson told Sky News that the end of the newspaper was “a victory for decent people up and down the land, and I say good riddance to the News of the World.””

    Well said!

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