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. gary davis

    I hope he falls flat on his face . he is a old pervert . and a pimple on the a$$ of society . FOX network needs to be removed . liars and bigots . TEA PARTY FREAKS

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Montoya

      Speaking of freaks. ^^^

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Really? Tea Party Freaks? As opposed to say lieing, cheating, freakazoid democraps? Come on already with the name calling...people like you make me sick.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simple John

      Yes, let's get rid of the only channel that doesn't march in lock-step with Nancy and Obama. (Rolls eyes)

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • David W

      Gary- you an an angry person- so ugly. The kind of blanket comments you make create / reinforce ignorance. What does the Tea Party have to do with News Corp?

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

      Look at the right wing filth running with their tail between their legs. Should we let them go? No. Hunt them until there isn't one piece of filth left. Start now and never finish.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • whodacares

      Those in the Tea Party are not freaks, they're morons that everyone ridicules for good reason. I envision Murdoch standing in front of a crowd of Tea Party "patriots" screaming "Heil Murdoch."

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

      so now we need to hunt people down because they have a differing opinion from yours...you know who else did that??? His name is Hitler, and you don't even want to go down that road. America is a great place because we can have differing political views and "should" be free of societal or governmental retaliation for voting our views. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen, just look at those who voted for/against Prop 8 or other societally significant measures.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alleygator

    It will be back under another name. Rupert is a master at Whack-a-mole.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Think of all the good it would do for this country if the same thing happened to Fox News.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simple John

      Would you get a tingle running up your leg, loser?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rich

    Hip-hip hooray!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asdf

    was going to rant how the people at the top keep jobs move to other papers, golden parachutes and the little guy gets screwed but honestly if you work for Murdoch no sympathy. Karma is a b_tch.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. There is ...

    It is also a massive mistake (for the dirty digger) as the focus will shift to the rest of the Murdoch empire, which also needs shutting.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rudy

    Good get Fox news next!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dragonrider

    Hey Rupert hear there's an opening for a sheep dipper in Clare Valley Australia why don't you head on home and do what you're qualified to do.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. William Demuth

    How about some prosecutions?

    Frankly, I would prefer to see some REAL accountability.

    Far too often we have a buzz that fades away, whike the guilty are spared the glare of public scrutiny.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • There is ...

      Many newspaper executives and journalists are going to prison over this. Also loads of police officers. Arrests in the next few days.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    You can't be sued if your company no longer exists, right?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. William

    The only reason I clicked on this was because my subconscious saw "World Shutting Down" only and told me that it was definitely worthy of my attention.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris McCoy

    They will simply roll out a "new" newspaper tabloid in 6 months with a different name and regain all their readers. No way they let all that money go.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

      So....would you let all that money go??? Let's look at reality, if you have a financially successful product and a market begging for it, why not fix what needs fixing and relaunch the product. Show me any media mogul who wouldn't do the same thing.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Murdoch is losing his touch and mind now: first he bought myspace for over $500 million, then sold it for $25 million; now this; I will predict he will divorce his Chinese born aging wife soon

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Smart Blondie

    Nice to see people who make a living by being cruel get a little taste of their own medicine. They all deserve to lose their jobs, every last one. This ridiculous parody of journalism is a real embarrassment to me as an American so it's nice to see justice prevail, if only once in a great while.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey from Gahanna, OH

    Finally! But here's an interesting fact. How in the hell was tabloids even considered journalism in the first place? It's obvious sensationalism. When I was a child, I thought they were fake stories just for comedy. I didn't know it was actually something considered journalism. I mean, seriously.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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