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. Bill, NY

    Would like to see the entire organization go down. Rupert Murdoch is a hate merchant. He and his organization meddle in the affairs of the US. Imagine if a citizen of this country did this somewhere else, oh wait a minute! a US citizen could not own that many businesses(newpapers, tv stations etc, etc) in another country.

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

      Kinda like George Soros does, huh?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • como1

      I agree just like George Soros, Media Matters Mexico, Russia, Iran, Syria, Dan Rather and Keith Oberman.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Kennedy

      Grow up. George Soros doesn't "meddle in US affairs"?

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

      Thank You Bill!! you are 100% right!! Americans and the Europeans are not predgidest, the JEWISH CONTROL MEDIA IS

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Oh, you mean like liberal cause sponsor, billionaire, and non-U.S. citizen George Soros?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    Well it's about time! Hopefully Fox, Sky News Australia and Sky New Britain will be next. This man needs to be put in check on a global level as the imforation he and his networks like to call news is nothing more than extreme right wing propoganda. If he wants to set up a new organization he can move to Israel and do it there. I'm sure they'll eat it up, being the only nation on earth with only one ally, and that being the U.S., as ridiculous as that may be. Hopefully one day that will change as well.

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

      Totally separate things. News of the World was a tabloid, similar to the National Enquirer. Fox News and Sky News are legitimate news organizations, whatever your little liberal heart thinks to the contrary. Unless they're doing some screwed up stuff like hacking phone accounts, you're going to be out of luck. Just because you disagree with someone's views doesn't mean they're wrong.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      You're an idiot!

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

      Snoop, it isn't about disagreeing with their views.... Fox News is a joke and a plague to this country. I'm a conservative and I'm saying this...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      It's not their "views" I disagree with, Snoop. It's their (note the correct form of the word) fear-mongering lies. It's their irresponsible habit of portraying their "views" as fact, and actual facts as conspiracy. It's unethical journalism just as this is.

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

      Oh, because CNN and MSNBC are so objective, right? Name one major news channel without some leaning one way or another.

      I think you're a concern troll, not a conservative. I don't agree with everything every Fox host says, and I think Glenn Beck is a complete knucklehead, but generalizing the entire news organization as corrupt or faulty is incorrect, the same as when liberals say that TEA party members are racists, or that Republicans hate poor people.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @Aces

    You're an idiot. How's that for a though of my own?

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

      *thought my bad. I can't type.

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

      nonAce.... mouth diarrhea? Or just an angry no-brainer?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jdog

    find those responsible and they should be charged and get jail time

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. andy b

    Close the Fuuuuuckkkks News in U.S also, they are the biggest Mafia Terrorist in the World, the just hiden in a Armani Suit

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Oduh

    @(non)Aces,
    what kind of dribble is that? Would you like it if the Wall Street Journal or Los Angeles Times hacked into citizen accounts here and distort cell phone messages for their 'journalistic purposes'? What if they did that to you?
    BTW, I like to be 'sheeple', a nice new word creation. What did you mean by that?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ted Kennedy

    How's "Air America" doing?

    Oh yea, it's out of business because it couldn't sell ads because it catered to unemployed socialist losers who don't buy things like cars, insurance or gifts for loved ones that they don't have.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Journalists have to be careful not to believe they are all-powerful, they let it go to their heads in the name of selling news..

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sky

    I hope the media learn from this as a lesson of how not to treat the public. That private investigator ought to be imprisoned along with Rupert Murdoch. Its one thing to bug a celebrities cell phone but to bug a missing child's phone whilst her bereaved family search for her?! Disgusting!

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

      Sky – well, for one, those two actions are both as deplorable as the other.

      For another, why are you assuming that Rupert Murdoch knew anything about those activities? The man controls a media empire – do you think he micromanages every part of every organization? Or are you just jumping on the bandwagon suggesting that he be guilty until he proves his innocence?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Goodstuff

    I'm highly concerned. Why isn't Foxnews reporting this?

    On a side note: Peen.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sean

    The newspaer didnt need to close it needed to hire people with ethics. Journalists will have to look that word up.

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

    Why can't you liberals just let people like Rupert Murdock rule the world with his manipulation of the masses with his giant media empire???

    July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. palintwit

    Rupert Murdoch has stated in the past that when creating Fox News he was intentionally targeting that segment of the population that is "un-educated and ill-informed".

    July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoop

      Yup. And they're smart now. He was targeting the uninformed independent who didn't see what was so wrong with Democrats. That problem has been rectified.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      @Snoop... that's not what he meant and you know it.

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

      Sure it is. There's still a lot of stupid to fix on the left, though.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAMM

      sources please....

      July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lindsay

    Good. Now we can move on to holding FOX News accountable for their irresponsible journalism.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoop

      You forgot MSNBC and CNN as well.. and you'd better include Current, since they now have Olbermann on their network.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAMM

      Just because it may not fall in line with your views does not make it irresponsible.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudy

    Murdock should be congratulated for his decision. In effect, fire the entire bunch of these chalatans of human indencency.

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