July 7th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

News of the World shutting down after Sunday edition

[Updated at 12:00 p.m.] The scandal-hit British tabloid News of the World will shut down after Sunday's issue, its owner, News International, told CNN Thursday.

All revenue for Sunday's final edition of the scandal-hit tabloid the News of the World will go to good causes, News Corp. executive James Murdoch said Thursday in announcing the closure of the 168-year-old newspaper.

Journalists at News of the World, a tabloid that is the world's top-selling English-language newspaper, have been accused of hacking into the mobile phone account of missing British teenager Milly Dowler, intercepting messages in search of news.

They then allegedly deleted messages to keep her mailbox from filling up, giving her family and friends false hope that the schoolgirl - later found murdered - was still alive.

Police also are investigating suggestions the paper - known for its exposes of celebrities and politicians - may have targeted the relatives of other high profile crime victims, including at least one of those killed in the 2005 London bombings.

The news comes after the officer leading the investigation said they have identified nearly 4,000 potential victims of illegal eavesdropping by a private investigator working for the tabloid.

The illegal eavesdropping by Britain's scandal-hit News of the World tabloid "sullied" the newspaper and "has no place in our company," News International chairman James Murdoch said Thursday.

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  1. GOP = Grover Owned Party

    Next stop...Faux News!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Autumnsky

    Rupert Murdock owner of Fox news liberal?????

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big_D

    S C U M doesn't fall too far from the S C U M B A G!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DinPA

    Rupert Murdoch owns this newpaper as well as Fox News Corp...........pretty sure Fox News would take offense to being called liberal

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. andy

    Fox news is a right wing propaganda machine,just as MSNBC has turned into the anti-Fox liberal propaganda network

    only an idiot would watch any of the 24 hour cable news networks

    you can just get online and get the news without hearing the talking heads babbling away

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Problem solved after money made

    Despite the fact that they knew they were lying,cheating eavesdroppng, Fox News takes the cash and runs.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Punkass

      This story has nothing to do with Fox news. The 2 are completely independent of each other. Hope you enjoy your haterade.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 16halo

    When any organization is profit or investor driven then this is what happens. 168 year old newspaper gone, jobs gone, and there will be a rippling effect. Reputation, gone.
    How long to Rupert Murdoch own this piece of news media?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James L

    A whole lot of soft shoe tap dancing here. Who is actually responsible, who is doing it, and who authorized these persons to jeopardize the jobs and the company? Was it just reporters, which ones? Did the editors OK these acts, who are they.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T-nugget

    nah nah nah, nah...nah nah nah, nah...hey hey hey...good, BYE!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    Your all mice the world is run by hedge fund owners you need 250 million in capitol to even own a piece of a decent company were sheep in a heard

    July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    I am impressed with the decisive and sweeping decision to shut the paper down. Refreshing.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. educatedguess

    1) media mafia's surveillance of the peons on behalf of global financial terrorists is no scandal but the norm.
    2) the mafia want you slaves to know that they not only own you but also control what you hear and know what you say.

    you didn't expose their practice. they want you to know what they are capable of doing and willing to do, to keep you in your place through intimidation.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zip

    No more Fox Fake News? The whole trailer park is outraged!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Punkass

      Once again, this story is NOT about Fox News. You liberals are sooooo brainwashed. Just a bunch of lil lemmings accepting everything the liberal media tells ya.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. why not

    I see you all are taking your cues from the commander-in-chief, calling names and making people who don't agree with you your enemy. Sad to see that grown-ups cannot agree to disagree. Sad to see that Americans cannot come together and get over ourselves to try to bring this country back to greatness. So much easier to sit in your nice comfy chairs at home and blast someone else for your problems. The left blames the right, the right blame the left, poor blame the rich, rich blame the poor. Just stop it already. Every heard the phrase "together we stand, divided we fall"? Well, guess where we are headed......

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      When you compare your opening sentence with the rest of your post...it becomes painfully obvious how much of a hypocrite you are. Good work.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAMM

      madoshi–there was nothing hypocritical about this post.....

      July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Grumpster

    Money drives the news and what is relevant. Rupert has lots and tried to run things so it made him more and more profits and supported his causes. Yet another reason not to watch Fox News...even with my tin foil hat on.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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