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« on: July 07, 2011, 10:46:00 am »

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2011/jul/07/news-of-the-world-phone-hacking-live-coverage

Last edition on Sunday.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 10:48:51 am »
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That's like the National Enquirer closing here, no?
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 10:51:04 am »

That's like the National Enquirer closing here, no?

Much, much bigger. The NOTW is 168 years old and is, despite it all, a 'proper' newspaper which poltiicians, celebrities and public figures will talk to.

However...I expect this is not great loss to News International. Sunday Sun anyone?
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 10:51:41 am »
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Not terribly surprising; to say that its brand had been irreparably tarnished would be a massive understatement. Hopefully a lot of people go to prison. The News of the Screws always did like harsh sentences, so hopefully quite a few of those get dealt out.

Anyway, 1843-2011. An important part of popular culture for almost all that period, but it won't be missed.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 10:55:55 am »
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Much, much bigger. The NOTW is 168 years old and is, despite it all, a 'proper' newspaper which poltiicians, celebrities and public figures will talk to.

Yeah. It once had the highest circulation figures in the world and still sold around two and a half million every week before recent events broke.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011, 11:03:00 am »
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What they've done is pretty disgusting, so that seems deserved (to say least).
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 11:05:59 am »
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Now onto the other NewsCorp papers, unworthy of being used as toilet paper.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 11:13:05 am »
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Also rather important: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/07/news-of-the-world-boycott-roundup-which-advertisers-are-out/

Seems that they were only left with four advertisers by the time the plug was pulled.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2011, 11:39:34 am »
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I liked the below snippet, as reported by The Guardian.

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Senior sources said they were examining whether former News of the World journalists may have kept money claimed on company expenses instead of passing it on to police officers in exchange for stories. Paying police officers is itself illegal.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 11:49:38 am »
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Also rather important: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/07/news-of-the-world-boycott-roundup-which-advertisers-are-out/

Seems that they were only left with four advertisers by the time the plug was pulled.

Right, giving Murdoch credit for doing the right thing is out of the question - it was all about money.
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Also rather important: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/07/news-of-the-world-boycott-roundup-which-advertisers-are-out/

Seems that they were only left with four advertisers by the time the plug was pulled.

Right, giving Murdoch credit for doing the right thing is out of the question - it was all about money.

Well, it's probable that the closure of the paper has more to do with the BSkyB deal and trying to save Brooks than the money from advertising.
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2011, 12:10:07 pm »
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Sunday Sun anyone?

There's already a paper of that name in the North East. So it would have to be The Sun on Sunday or some vile pun on Sunday.
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2011, 12:19:07 pm »
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Sunday Sun anyone?

There's already a paper of that name in the North East. So it would have to be The Sun on Sunday or some vile pun on Sunday.

The Sun's Day?
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2011, 12:42:47 pm »
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Hacks on the paper (and its sister) are less than pleased. Reports of a likely NUJ strike.
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2011, 01:53:01 pm »
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2011, 01:55:42 pm »
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The Guardian is reporting that Andy Coulson will be arrested tomorrow.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2011/jul/07/news-of-the-world-closes-live-coverage
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2011, 01:59:18 pm »
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Good riddance to that garbage.
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2011, 02:02:25 pm »
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Hacks on the paper (and its sister) are less than pleased. Reports of a likely NUJ strike.

Given that they seem to be being sacrificed when certain people higher up are being protected, I'm not surprised.
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2011, 02:08:14 pm »
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtk3yLVUOKg&feature=player_embedded

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Warning -a pair of bare breasts at the beginning.
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2011, 02:09:15 pm »

Now onto the other NewsCorp papers, unworthy of being used as toilet paper.

On that note, I always enjoy reading the Guardians view on incidents like these as the Guardian Media Group are no saints...
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« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2011, 03:03:44 pm »
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Not just Coulson, but apparently a second (unnamed) former senior hack at the paper as well.

Related: Sun subs walked out for around half an hour in protest at the closure of the Screws.

Now onto the other NewsCorp papers, unworthy of being used as toilet paper.

On that note, I always enjoy reading the Guardians view on incidents like these as the Guardian Media Group are no saints...

Especially with regards to what could be euphemistically referred to as financial arrangements, yes. No clean hands in the newspaper industry, even if some are significantly dirtier than others.
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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2011, 04:49:59 pm »
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2011, 06:19:25 pm »
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All I have to say is: good riddance.
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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2011, 05:34:37 am »
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Coulson has been arrested.
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2011, 05:50:34 am »

Labour's response has been interestingly guarded. News International of course had Labour's ear until 2009. A 'holier than thou' response would be suicidal so Ed Milliband is wise to continue his tradition of saying very little Wink
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