It’s the end of the News of the World as we know it…

It has been a week of jaw dropping revelations from The News of the World  and the alleged phone hacking scandal. Ironically, the paper which broke news on a weekly basis, became the story.  But it is no more. A few hours ago, News International issued a statement, closing the 168 year old paper for good. And while Rebekah Brooks manages to keep her job, the 200 or so employees at the red top now find themselves jobless. The Sub-Editors at the sister paper, The Sun have walked out in protest.

The world was ambivalent when it emerged the paper had been hacking into the phones of the celebrities including Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller, who accepted £10, 000 of damages last month. But the paper sank to an all time low when the Guardian discovered that News of the World journalists paid a private investigator to hack into the voicemail of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, who then deleted messages.

It was this that sparked outrage on the social media site, Twitter. Incensed, Melissa Harrison set about targeting the paper where it hurt – advertisers. The pressure was mounting, and one by one companies such as Ford, Sainsbury’s and Halifax bowed to public pressure who said they wouldn’t advertise in this Sunday’s edition. Only Mumsnet pulled out of their Sky campaign in protest.

Over the last few days, it has emerged that victims of the London 7/7 bombings, dead soldiers and 4,000 possible victims were involved in the phone hacking affair.

Tomorrow Andy Coulson – who was the head  of communications to PM David Cameron – will be arrested over the phone hacking row. The paper may cease to exist, but the allegations will rumble on for a very long time. It has involved the highest echelon in politics, the police and the Murdoch empire. It is an interesting time for journalism and British democracy as a whole.

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2 thoughts on “It’s the end of the News of the World as we know it…

  1. It is truly strange days indeed when the news becomes the news itself. It’s a shame that the UK’s best selling newspaper will close this weekend. However, I think its symptomatic of something much more serious in British journalism – namely that of Westminster and the hacks being cosy bedfellow for far too long. The sacrifice of 200 journalists is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the media empire having only one emperor who cannot be called into account. As John Prescott put it in his own words “too many Indians being sacrificed to save the chiefs” [sic]. And at what point will Cameron actually take this “responsibility” for hiring an ex NOTW hack as his communications chief? Oh wait… we’re all in this together, except we’re not when the PM desperately needs to weasel out of something (again).

    So now the rumours are circulating of a possible 7 day Sun newspaper production. A coincidence then that thesunonsunday.com and thesunonsunday.co.uk were mysteriously secured earlier this week then? Perhaps this is the end of news as we know it. Viva la Twitter!

    • Very true. So far, there’s nothing on the 7 day Sun. Cameron wasn’t at the Commons debate yesterday, he was at a press conference. I’m sorry, but I think the debate more important than holding a press conference, especially when you’re the PM of the country. I applaud the journo Nick Davis and the Guardian for sticking to their guns about this story, despite the PCC saying that the paper was ‘exaggerating’. Truth is stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that the scandal would involve bribery of our police, Cameron, Gordon Brown, the royal family, murdered school girls, 7/7 victims, soldiers, Hugh Grant, etc, etc.

      It’s certainly a turing point in British journalism. I suspect that there will be tight legislation after this. I’m just hoping that it won’t compromise quality investigative journalism such as The Guardian. But I am hoping that Murdock doesn’t get the BSkyB deal. That would be most frightening for us all. One man owning a large percent of the British media. Not good, not good at all.

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