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. Jennifer

    I would be happy about this, except it will be the people at the bottom who will suffer – the employees in the print shop etc – not the people who are actually responsible for this.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuk

      I agree. The finger will be pointing downwards to those who can't fight back. I can't believe this happened for so long and the higher ups did not know. They probably knew but let it go with a nod and a wink until it's too big to cover up. Because of Murdock's political philosophy, he's likely going to find NO public sympathy. Good riddance.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Working folk mean nothing to fascist monsters like Murdoch, Goebbels, Bush and Cheney. They see the working class as drones to be murdered at will for oil, power and manipulate the people by propaganda rags like Faux News.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

    Thank you for doing the right thing Mr. Murdoch. This newspaper had been proven to be unreinable and when you can't adequately keep a business under control, it's time to shut it down before it causes any more damage. I am glad that you recognized it. I would imagine that the officers of this paper along with any investigators for the paper will have a very difficult time finding a new media outlet to work...they may want to find a new career.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      Your make a very, very good point. Murdoch will do anything to keep his huge multi-billion dollar takeover of BSkyB on track, including throwing hundreds of employees who had nothing to do with this scandal out the window. No one in the States cares about this or even knows what BSkyB is – so all these Obama, liberal, whatever comments are totally irrelevant. News of the World repeatedly crossed a line no US journalistic organization, including Fox News would do, repeatedly and intrusively. But in the end, Murdoch cares about Money.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Turk Slayer

    World is shutting down, Obama strikes again.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Huh?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • No

      wow you're stupid.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • gordon a. cronin

      i do not see the connection but then i am not paranoid!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • r0n77

      hope you are being facetious

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy,MN

      On what planet are you?!?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      You should have listened to your mother when she told you that a 3rd grade education was not enough.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aces

    You liberals crack me up, you’ve had your panties in a wad over this story all week, as if a UK supermarket tabloid ever mattered to anyone with half a brain, but since it happens to be owned by Rupert you must follow the programming of the progressive far left overlords and associate this with Fox News and be outraged. You are sheeple and tools of the far left progressives and don’t even know it. Wake up and form a thought or two of your own.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 20deep

      cool story bro!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      wow you're a weirdo

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gordon a. cronin

      hey, ACES, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Rupert Murdoch, the Joseph Goebbels of our time. Just like the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, Murdoch has done more to promote fascism and damage to the truth that anyone else in our time save Dick Head Cheney. Boycott Faux News!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      You argument would have merit if there was not a pattern of misleading stories and ilegal behavior at ALL of his outlets. Murdoch cares only about money. He figured out that some people will eat such things up, and is making a ton of money over it. Fox news is the outlet that most impacts Americans so it gets the most commentary. But in reality all of his news organizations are the same.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Let's see. Top Selling English language newspaper in the world should normally imply that they have journalistic integrity. Unfortunately, Murdoch's rags appear to have the following mottoes: "All the news that fits the print." "Don't worry if it's not true. If we say it often enough people will believe it." "If we are found to be lying, just claim our sources misled us."

      The way Murdoch's news outlets operate remind me of the story of Joseph Pulitzer and Frederick Remington. Pulitzer sent Remington to Cuba to cover the war between Spain and the United States and provide pictures of the fighting. When nothing came from Remington, Pulitzer sent a cable saying "Where are pictures?" Remington's reply was "No War. No Pictures" Pulitzer's was "You provide the pictures. I'll provide the war."

      July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      You right wingers crack me up. According to folks of your ilk ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, etc. are all wrong. Only Faux tells the truth. Most folks listen and read from a variety of sources. When will you wake up and educate yourself? Relying on one source for your information may support your twisted thinking but it sure doesn't make you an informed voter or citizen.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheeple

      Ace, you are a dim-witted, ditto-headed moron. If you and all of the other ditto -heads would wake up and stop believing that drug-addled gas bag's hate-filled rhetoric, the world might be a better place.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • r0n77

      Aces, if we were talking about the Huffington Post, you would have your 'panties in a bundle' and going ballistic. Rupert shutting down the NoW is nothing more than trying to put out the flame before it turns into a Texas wildfire. 4000 victims? You think this is just one journalist and his private investigator buddy? You are watching too much Faux News.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Smithers-Jones

      The "News of the World' is a "proper" newspaper, akin to how news is presented on Fox News and owned by Rupert Murdoch. There is no analogous sub-genre (or whatever you would call it) of news as the US "supermarket tabloids" that you mention, except perhaps the "Sunday Sport" and I don't know if that exists anymore. That is, there are no papers which fill their pages with stories such as "World War II Bomber Found on Moon" and "Iraqi Subs are Patrolling Lake Michigan" as do the Weekly World News (a super-market tabloid) in the US.

      In summary, the "News of the World" IS a newspaper, it IS owned by Rupert Murdoch and IS similar to Fox News in the US. It is not a "super market tabloid" as such a sub-genre (or whatever) of news doesn't exist in Britain (at least no such sub-genre did in the mid 1980s and I don't think that it does now.)

      July 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces

      You kids are funny, you assume that since I call out ridiculousness on the left that somehow I must be a right winger? I can assure you I am not.

      Both sides are whacked as far as I’m concerned, the tragedy is that the powers that be know this is a game and they are playing us (both sides). They set it up to pit left vs. right and while we are down here battling it out in the trenches they are stealing the system blind from above, laughing at how gullible the sheeple are.

      The people at the top really don’t care who “wins” (left vs. right, capitalism vs. socialism – however you want to label it) it won’t make a difference to them because they will have the power and the money either way.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Smithers-Jones

      There IS an association with Fox News – the ownership of Rupert Murdoch. He's not a hands-off type of owner.

      With your superior ability to "think outside of the box" Mr Aces, can you envisage that there may be cases where different news outlets in the Murdoch empire share information that they have gleaned? Do you know for certain that when Fox News runs a story about the parents of Madeline McCann that they are not using information form other parts of "News International"?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces

      Henry, yes, certainly these news organizations “share” information, stories and viewpoints just like the 30+ Soros funded agencies “share” information, stories and viewpoints. The game is played the same way on both sides, that’s the point I tried to make in my last post. If you think it’s one sided (as in only the “right” plays it this way) then you are far too programmed to see straight.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Smithers-Jones

      I don't know any of the "the 30+ Soros funded agencies" to know if I read any of them to know if I am "far too programmed to see straight". I thought that I thought this stuff up myself, but maybe I am just part of the Rupert Murdoch/George Soros funded and programmed cellular automata, popularized for the Yuff!!-of-today in the Matrix movies.

      How is George Soros an equivalent of Rupert Murdoch? I thought that he was just a speculator in the financial markets, who boasts of breaking the British pound and is enamored of his own idea of "reflexivity". Can you let us all know some of "the 30+ Soros funded agencies"?

      Let me know when one of "the 30+ Soros funded agencies" hacks a murder victims cell-phone listens to and deletes the messages to make room for more messages that they can eavesdrop on, and I will be suitably annoyed at Mr. Soros and his other left-leaning overlords (as you put it in the original post, I believe.) In fact,I'll start composing my letter now:

      "Mr. Soros, I would like to complain in the strongest possible terms,...blah, blah, blah, Yours Colonel Smithers-Jones (Mrs.)"

      July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. satana

    News is news. It doesnt belong to FOX or CNN or anyone else. Someone will always report it and alotta the time its someone shady or with an agenda. That said, if you dont like it dont read/watch it. And stfu and quit whining about it.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      The discussion is how public sentiment delivers a message, just because you ignore the stories doesn't diminish the fact that the improper use of a public company (in this case news) hurts our society. We exist in a symbiotic society, pretending these crimes don't affect you and I only dilutes the purpose of social ethics. Or am I wrong?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abby1

    Who does he think that he is fooling? He shuts down this paper to prevent or hinder the investigation. He will probably just set up a new newspaper, which in reality will be the same newspaper with a different name. Also, all of his news organizations should be investigated. They are probably using the same techniques and engaging in criminal activity.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Rupert Murdoch is the bottom feeder of billionaires, he's earned every gram of damage to his creepy empire of zealots.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    Rupert Murdoch has made huge profits spewing lies and propaganda. One only needs to look at his Fox network, which is nothing but a shill for the republicant party. Sensationalism outsells real news.
    Why would Americans let a foreigner come to this country and spew hatred and false information? I suppose the mentally challenged looneys on the far right need reinforcement for their outrageous extremist beliefs. Wake up America.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces

      It’s a good thing we have a foreigner like George Soros to balance things out in the media with truth and integrity, right? Follow your own advice Don, wake up, both sides of the isle are corrupt, it’s a game, you’re either on the inside or the outside, and if you’re not sure where you are, you are most certainly on the outside.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheeple

      Aces, George Soros does not own a media empire. Big difference.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces

      Sheeple, he controls a media empire, kind of the same thing.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    No loss here. Who has been reading Murdoch’s “yellow journalism” anyway?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Why the surprise? it is a Murdoch newsaper.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. us1776

    This guy is the Hitler of the media world.

    His media outlets pump out enormous amounts of propaganda and rubbish.

    Instead of being allowed to purchase British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) he should be banned from all media ownership entirely.

    He has proven himself to be incapable of responsible media ownership.

    .

    July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben

    Rupert Murdoch, the Joseph Goebbels of our time. Just like the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, Murdoch has done more to promote fascism and damage to the truth that anyone else in our time save Dick Head Cheney. Boycott Faux News!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wial

    Now if we could just get rid of Fox News, the world might start to recover.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andy b

    Rabbi Ruppppy Murdoch for President, Srtauss Kahn Cohen for VP

    July 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ssinbc

    No great loss. News of the World has been a scandal sheet for years! It appeals to the lowest common denominator in the UK and no self respecting person with an iota of intelligence wasted their money buying it. I lived in the UK for 20 years and NOTW was a low class paper (literally and figuratively). Unfortunately the UK is full of people who hunger for the sensational garbage that NOTW published. It was equivalent to the National Enquirer with the exception perhaps that in the UK readers of NOTW actually believed everything they read, whereas I get the feeling that many regard the NE here as a bit of a joke. Good riddance.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Ah, but he still has The Sun and his Page Three Girls.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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