Yesterday it was announced the News of The World is officially closing down, following the shameful phone hacking of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler.
The iconic Sunday paper – which has been running for 168 years – will print its last ever edition this weekend, after Rupert Murdoch admitted the weekly tabloid could not survive the damages caused by the scandal.
Chairman James Murdoch announced the axe to shocked staff at the papers’ London offices yesterday afternoon.
In a statement, Mr Murdoch said:
“Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper.
“This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World.
“Colin Myler will edit the final edition of the paper.”
Mr Murdoch also added this Sunday final publication would feature no advertisements and all the revenue from sales would go to good causes.
He said: “While we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we receive this weekend to go to organisations — many of whom are long-term friends and partners — that improve life in Britain and are devoted to treating others with dignity.”
I’m not going to lie, I loved reading the juicy gossip of the News Of The World every Sunday, but what they did was completely unacceptable and totally unjustifiable, so they had no other option but to close.
R.I.P News of The world: 1843 – 2011