News Corp To Shutter News Of The World On Sunday As Phonehacking Scandal Claims First Victim

Tyler Durden's picture

More crime and punishment. The recent phonehacking scandal in the UK has just claimed its first victim: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will close its tabloid News of the World after this Sunday's edition, as a result of an escalating phone hacking scandal, James Murdoch said on Thursday. "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account," the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation told staff. "But it failed when it came to itself."
Revenues from final edition of
News of the World this weekend will go to good causes, James Murdoch
says in statement.

Full statement from James Murdoch:

News International today announces that this Sunday, 10 July 2011, will be the last issue of the News of the World.

the announcement to staff, James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating
Officer, News Corporation, and Chairman, News International said:

have important things to say about the News of the World and the steps
we are taking to address the very serious problems that have occurred.

is only right that you as colleagues at News International are first to
hear what I have to say and that you hear it directly from me. So thank
you very much for coming here and listening.

You do not need to
be told that The News of the World is 168 years old. That it is read by
more people than any other English language newspaper. That it has
enjoyed support from Britain’s largest advertisers. And that it has a
proud history of fighting crime, exposing wrong-doing and regularly
setting the news agenda for the nation.

When I tell people why I
am proud to be part of News Corporation, I say that our commitment to
journalism and a free press is one of the things that sets us apart.
Your work is a credit to this.

The good things the News of the
World does, however, have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong.
Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place
in our Company.

The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.

2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to
jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to
the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or
legitimate purpose.

Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.

a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly
maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter. We now have
voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that
this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the

This was not the only fault.

The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.

The Company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret.

Currently, there are two major and ongoing police investigations. We are cooperating fully and actively with both. You know that it was News International who voluntarily brought evidence that led to opening Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. This full cooperation will continue until the Police’s work is done.

We have also admitted liability in civil cases. Already, we have settled a number of prominent cases and set up a Compensation Scheme, with cases to be adjudicated by former High Court judge Sir Charles Gray. Apologising and making amends is the right thing to do.

Inside the Company, we set up a Management and Standards Committee that is working on these issues and that has hired Olswang to examine past failings and recommend systems and practices that over time should become standards for the industry. We have committed to publishing Olswang’s terms of reference and eventual recommendations in a way that is open and transparent.  We have welcomed broad public inquiries into press standards and police practices and will cooperate with them fully.

So, just as I acknowledge we have made mistakes, I hope you and everyone inside and outside the Company will acknowledge that we are doing our utmost to fix them, atone for them, and make sure they never happen again.

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.

In addition, I have decided that all of the News of the World’s revenue this weekend will go to good causes.

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.

We will run no commercial
advertisements this weekend. Any advertising space in this last edition
will be donated to causes and charities that wish to expose their good
works to our millions of readers.

These are strong measures. They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing to do.

of you, if not the vast majority of you, are either new to the Company
or have had no connection to the News of the World during the years when
egregious behaviour occurred.

I can understand how unfair these decisions may feel. Particularly, for colleagues who will leave the Company. Of course, we will communicate next steps in detail and begin appropriate consultations.

may see these changes as a price loyal staff at the News of the World
are paying for the transgressions of others. So please hear me when I
say that your good work is a credit to journalism. I do not want the
legitimacy of what you do to be compromised by acts of others. I want
all journalism at News International to be beyond reproach. I insist
that this organisation lives up to the standard of behaviour we expect
of others. And, finally, I want you all to know that it is critical that
the integrity of every journalist who has played fairly is restored.

Thank you for listening.”

There is more in The Guardian which is following this escalating scandal in real time:

  • News International closes paper in wake of scandal
  • Government announcement on BSkyB will take several weeks
  • News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers
  • Miliband questions Cameron's 'close relationships with NI
  • Met police going through 11,000 pages containing 4,000 names

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msnrochny's picture

Just taking the summer off.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

So wait a second, police officers were bribed.  Whats next, you are going to tell me the Justice System has been corrupted, and there are two sets of rules, depening on how rich you are?  Oh wait, thats been the case for years now.

Oh the humanity!  What next? Will we discover our financial system is a house of cards, resting on intrinsically worthless paper?

Ahmeexnal's picture

Now we know why Christopher Shale -David Cameron's friend (with benefits)- "spontaneously combusted" in a portable toiled during Glastonbury music festival:

No, it wasn't the burritos.

Transitory Disinflation's picture

They probably have something on these "MP's".  This is from last year!!!!

Friday 10 September 2010


Channel 4 News learns that members of the committee set up to investigate phone hacking shied away from forcing News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to attend a meeting with them.

...... more at linky

King_of_simpletons's picture

Offcourse.... Rupert Murdoch's organization of pit bulls and scum.

What did you expect from the Mother Puckers ? Hack into those MPs phones and let their lives lay bare in a tabloid.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Murdoch's son, is to Murdoch as Commodus was to Marcus Aurelius.

Antipodeus's picture

Sorry, which one is supposed to resemble Marcus Aerelius?


Ruffcut's picture

Oh, poor fux news corp and the rupy kingpin(head).

There is nothing wrong hacking the hacks.

redpill's picture

I'm trying to care....


nope, failed


scratch_and_sniff's picture

Its not enough! Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila...this old coddger has too many fingers in too many pies.

equity_momo's picture

Indeed. And far too much influence.

scratch_and_sniff's picture

The name "Sunday Sun", was registered as a uk newspaper title on the 5th july, 2 days ago...beyond surreal.

equity_momo's picture

Oh i have no doubt the scum who run and work on that paper will be reincarnated. And now i know the name of their new paper. Murdoch treats the British public like morons , unfortunately he has time and time again been proven to be correct.

There will be the typical (faux) outrage , campaigns to avoid all Murdoch products and services but given time (a short amount) the plebs will be back to their Sky TV Super Soccer packages and Page 3 boobies.

scratch_and_sniff's picture

Absolutely, kick it into the long grass and wait until the pond life want to read about Ronaldo McRooney catching crabs...

Ahmeexnal's picture

And don't forget the exclusive gossip surrounding the "royals". That's what the sheeple live and die for!

WakeyWakey's picture

Oh i dont know. Remember the Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at a football match. Most people crushed lost control of their bladders and pished themselves and people were going through pockets looking for ID to give to get a list of the dead to the Police.


The News Of The World sister paper, the Sun, printed front page lies that Thieving Scousers stole from the dead and pissed on the dead. 22 years later people still dont buy the Sun in Liverpool, at the time they not only boycotted the paper and newsagents that stocked it, they dragged it out of the shops into the street and burnt them. It was dropped from shelves within days.

What this story doesn't touch on is why. The hacking scandal was originally journalists hacking into voicemails of celebrities to try and get a scoop. It now turns out they hacked into the voicemail of a murdered 14 year old girl. At the time she was just missing but they not only hacked into her voicemail to try and get a story, they deleted messages when the mailbox was full so more messages could be left. This gave their parents false hope that she may have still been alive.


Since that story broke on Monday, on Tuesday it was revealed they had hacked into family voicemails of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two more murdered teenage girls. Yesterday it turned out they had hacked into voicemails of relatives of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London and today there is allegations they have hacked phones of relatives of dead soldiers in Afghanistan.


It's sick and is typical of the Murdoch empire. I hope the revulsion of this story crosses over to the states and the Fox empire collapses too. The world would be a better place without this Ozzie twat peddling his propaganda. 






YHC-FTSE's picture

The UK police and politicians have been admitting that they are shit scared of Murdoch for years, in public! If they are that panicked, they should just call out the SAS to deal with that scum.

Antipodeus's picture

Sorry Scratch, but he's an American citizen now, and YOU'RE stuck with him for a change.  Took us long enough to get rid of him the first time.


YHC-FTSE's picture

"Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila"

Replace BSkyB with Fox, News of the World, The Sun, The Times, and The Wall St Journal - Been saying the same thing for years. Replace Australia with Israel, and I'd be even happier - Zionists don't belong with civilized people. 

Contra_Man's picture

... and yet the Banksters still roam free.

eg. Stanford awaits trial as Judge delays counterparty disclosure

until January 2012 from his original arrest dating back to 2009!


SheepDog-One's picture

Im also trying to care....OOo almost had it for a second there! Nope, lost it, just dont care that the crybaby news hackers got their phone email hacked.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

What is terrorism any way?  Isn't that like, when you would threaten violence against a nation, hoping that the threat alone changes their very way and quality of life?  Wouldn't your goal be to try to keep people living in fear?

So why are we letting the terrorists (the Fed, the gov't, TSA, etc.) win?

carbonmutant's picture

"News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers"

cougar_w's picture

May a thousand paper shredders bloom.

carbonmutant's picture

The real story here is the impact on the British government, paper shredders indeed...

Robslob's picture

I had a thought:


Let Bernie Madoff replace Timah Geetner as Secretary of the Treasury?

PulauHantu29's picture

Probably doesn't matter mcuh since most of the news is someone's propaganda nowadays.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

No loss. I gave up on The Weekly Reader a few years ago when they jumped the shark whale and lost all credibility.

scratch_and_sniff's picture

This is a strategic move, hes trying to butter up the public so the BskyB deal keeps its legs...he will open of a new paper next month with the same hacks, "The World News" or some other shit. He has Cameron and the tories in his pocket, he is probably taking advice from Camerons spin doctors. Cunt.

FluffyCone's picture

So what was the actual scandal?  What did the organization do?

Quintus's picture

Their journalists hired private investigators to hack into the private voicemail messages of (among others) 

- relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan

- Senior politicians

- Assorted irrelevant Celebs.

- A murdered teenage girl

The last was particularly upsetting to many people, as the investigator started deleting messages to make room for more.  Since the girl was missing at that point and teh body had not been found, it gave the unfortunate parents false hope that she was still alive and was checking her messages.  

Marcus_Junius_Brutus's picture

It's pretty black.

They hacked a lot of voicemail and email. AT first we thought it was just celebs. Yawn who cares. But it turns out to go a LOT deeper than that. Murder victims, terrorist victims, dead soldiers families, politicians, royalty. In one HIGH profile case deleting voicemail from a murdered girl's phone so they could get to the newer messages... which then made everyone think she was still alive... It turns out they interfered in a lot of investigations. Police think about 4000 victims. They paid money to police officers for info. When some of their own investigators were under investigation for murder they did their own investigation of the detectives looking for dirt... Incidentally the investigators were arrested but never prosecuted for the murder although they were subsequently convicted of other crimes...

Somehow the first police investigation into all this failed to find anything. And the guy who was the lead prosecutor just joined the company yesterday...

A politician sued them for hacking his email. The politician was then jailed for perjury when the paper claimed they didn't carry out such activities. In court the journo who authorised the payments to police claimed under oath that there were no such payments... Obviously the politicians conviction is now under question cos the activities he claimed have now been shown to happen... 

Er did I mention that the journo authorising the payment then went to work for the Prime Minister - equivalent position to White House chief of staff. And people who knew what had been happening warned the Prime Minister BEFORE he confirmed the appointment. Or that the Prime Minister's other close friend (they go riding regularly) was the previous editor of the paper in question and claims to know nothing although she was known for her very hands on style... And some of the events in question definitely happened on her watch. Now Murdoch's chief exec in the UK...

So who did NI choose to head up the internal investigation? Yes - she has to investigate herself. Meanwhile the police were about to investigate themselves too... fortunately that has now been refererred to the police complaints authority...

Then there is Murdoch's deal to buy 100% control (he currently has 39%) of the UK's premier satellite broadcaster... UK politicians run scared of him and daren't criticise  because he owns around 40% of the deadwood press too... Even now the government is still trying to allow the deal to go ahead (although they are now delaying it for a couple of months to let public anger cool down). Meanwhile the public are deluging the government with opposition to the deal... It's looking dirty. The minister who previously had responsibility amd was trying to block the deal had responsibility unceremoniously yanked out from underneath him and passed to a politician who was generally sympathetic to Murdoch's empire... 

Then there was the attempt (according to claims in Parliament) to delete emails. And Murdoch's son had admitted approving out of court payments (in Parliament it was claimed to keep victims quiet...)

We don't have fixed term parliaments in the UK and the government is a coalition with the 2nd party looking on very uneasily... You could be watching the death of the British government... Which would put the public in a quandary becasue they're not exactly enthusiastic about the opposition party either... errrr did I mention the main spin doctor for the opposition also come from NI and his email instructing opposition spokesmen on how to handle the satellite deal leaked...

To get a view of how it affects the Government...

And that is a VERY brief summary of the rather complicated mess. The whole thing is looking halfway between Burlesconi and Watergate... 

This story still has a lot of legs. Killing the paper is just an attempt to smother it before more leaks. And an attampt to keep both the deal and the government alive... Maybe it will succeed and people will lose interest... And may be the revelations will just keep flowing.

Incidentally - Murdoch won't mourn this paper. It's sister paper (the Sun - also a tabloid - best known for page 3 topless girls) is ready to produce a Sunday edition. Hmmmm... and over the years a lot of the editors from News of World then went on to the Sun... I wonder if they took their working practices with them...


bread n circuses's picture

Thank you for this summary.  This is the first I've heard of this story and following the Telegraph links is like reading the story backward.

Coffin Dodger's picture

Slightly more serious

- in 2002 an investigation (the fifth, the first four having been failures) into the death of a Private Investigator called Daniel Morgan was launched by the Met Police. Daniel Morgan was found in a car park in London with an axe buried in his head. Mr Morgan had links to the News of the World.

The detective in charge of the new investigation, Chris Cook, quickly found himself to be under surveillance by the News of the World. They were looking for dirt on him to be able to discredit him for some reason.

The then editor of the NotW, Rebekah Brooks, (now in charge of UK ops of News International) was questioned about the surveillance of a Met Police Officer and made up a pack of lies about the reason Detective Cook was being followed.

Rebekah Brooks is a close personal friend of David Cameron, the PM. They live a mile apart and ride horses together regularly. In July of 2007, Mr Cameron took Rebekah's second in command at the NotW at the time, an individual named Andy Coulson, as his Director of Communications for the Conservative Party on a salary of £475,000, after he resigned in disgrace from the NotW over the phone hacking scandal.

The UK's Prime Minister is balls deep in this with a bunch of criminals.

The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

cougar_w's picture

The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

Or absolutely nothing what-so-ever to follow, depending on how well the shredding and email purge go. Might even require some more mysterious killings, can't leave those loose ends dangling in times like these.

fuu's picture

Sleaze is as sleaze does.

PulauHantu29's picture

or should we say, "monkey see, monkey do."


BruntFCA's picture

News of the World Closes.

New exiting "gossip" Paper Launches under new

name......public relations 101.



Sub Dude's picture

News Corp now owns the Wall Street Journal, right? Maybe they will bring their "bribing" style of reporting to the WSJ!

Zer0henge's picture

Is Murdock himself too big to jail?

scratch_and_sniff's picture

They probably dont want the prisoners catching anything.

Jim in MN's picture

Cops have had 11,000 pages of notes containing 4,000 names in connection with illegal phone taps FOR OVER FIVE YEARS and done nothing.

That, the police bribes, the appalling nature of the targets (terrorism victims, murdered childrens families, British war dead's families), and Murdoch's much-bragged-about position of political power in Britain adds up to a smoking crater at the core of the social fabric.

As a Daily Beast analysis put it, "the fallout will be widespread and unpredictable"...

ZakuKommander's picture

Shuttered just begets the excuse: "Oh, you want to review our past documents and e-mails?  So sorry, when we shuttered much was lost!"  

Almost Solvent's picture



I bet ALL as in EVERYTHING is "lost" and NOTHING can be recovered.


Sorry, no hard drives, no files, no phone logs, no records, no nothing will be available after this Sunday.


Smart lawyers should be serving subpoenas and filing orders to show cause today returnable tomorrow before all the evidence gets disappeared.