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. amy

    Dear Mr Murdoch-
    how does it feel to have your media empire slowly coming to a end? I just hope and Pray that Fox News Is next! Maybe we can get back to reporting the news and not spinning it to make ratings!

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

      Let's face it, CNN does the same thing ^^;;

      July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Responder123

      Only if 1/2 of CNN and MSNBC go down with Fox news

      July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Your comments are thoughtless and full of bigotry. Shame on you Amy!

      How would you like it if someone commented that Olbermann should suffer the same fate for acting like a self righteous DB all the time?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick A.

      @ John The thing that I find funny about your comment is that news agencies have become so biased towards one side or the other. You can make the assumption that because Amy said she wished Fox to close down means she leans left and must be a fan of KO.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe of Tennessee

      Amen! What a wonderful prayer Amy

      July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truth and the American Way

    Bring it to the US. It will sell like gangbusters. Just look at the Tea Freaks and Repukelicans eating up all this murder trial as fun and profit crap.

    Rupert sucks

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

      Excuse me? Anyone who reads this trash sux. I would sooner lick the floor of the check-out lane than touch one of those rags. Nothing to do with politics, everything to do with personal ethics...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Truth and the American Way

    Suck it Rupert. Suck it long and hard.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      If he doesn't then I will. 🙂 Oops–wrong website. LOL

      July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummmm

      ROTFL JT!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kayaker247

    typical right wing shenanigans. close up shop when you see the cops coming.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tabloids suck

    Good for a chuckle once in a while but we all know it's crap. Almost as big of piles of crap as lawyers. Almost.
    But then again so is the liberal news media – a la Dan Rather and just about anyone else out there just flat out making stuff up.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    "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."

    That's really, really horrible.

    I'm going to interpret this shutdown as an admission of guilt.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron Jeremy

    fox news is next to go down!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zip

    Now if we can get Beck, O'Reilly and Hannity walking up the steps of the gallows, America might have a fighting chance. There is a God!

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

      Who's we? You and that frog in your pocket?

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

      Me and everyone with an IQ over 10, you mindless filth

      July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    Wow. It's pretty stunning that News International is pulling the plug. I can only imagine that what they've found is far worse than what we already know.

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

    So does this mean I don't have to worry about going to my Dentist's appointment next week ??

    July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vic of New York

    NOW, Murdoch says illegal evesdropping "sullied" the paper? What about the illegal strangle hold his FOX media network has here in America. What about all the exceptions that were granted by the FCC to NEws Corp during the Bush Administration allowing FOX to establish a virtual monopoly over U.S. news channels and media?

    The problem in England is only the tip of the iceburg. Murdoch and FOX are foriegn interventionists looking to destroy our country and the Righ Wing squids could care less as long as they have an ally.

    It's time to investigate FOX in America – what's happening in London is just the warning shot!

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

      please explain how FOX has an "illegal strangle hold' on anything.....if you dont like what you are watching...turn the channel....just because you dont share their views doesnt mean they are wrong.....

      July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Quadg

    My god, That was fast. The rot and bad decision making must go right to the top for them to be ducking and runing this quick...... usually, if they didnt know, they would try to save the cash cow with a scape goat....

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

    Fox News needs to go now!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BillyBopNYC

    They should do the right thing and print a banner headline on their final edition that says "GOOD BYE & GOOD RIDDANCE!"
    Murdoch and his media companies have never been anything but a festering sore on the backside of the public.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fly Guy in SJ

    @Amy – You don't like Fox news because they tell the truth. The fact that his response to this scandal was to shut down News of the World completely shows an ethical commitment you would never see from, say, MSNBC, or any other leftist mouthpiece media outlet. Go crawl back under you rock while we get on with the business of saving the country from decades of leftist excess.

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

      You can see mobile homes out your window, can't you?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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