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This Sunday's News of the World will be the last ever. The massive-circulation newspaper is deeply embroiled in phone hacking and police bribery allegations. It has been printed for over 150 years. Despite its recent reputation for shag-n-tell stories about footballers it has a past history of decent investigative journalism …


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  1. Tom 7

    Whole lot of shredding going on.


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Damage limitation mode

      Chew off a limb to save the rest of the monstrousity. And even this limb will soon be regrown... Viva la regeneration.

      La piovra all right...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Regeneration has already starting.

        Check out the whois of.....

        Looks like it'll get a rebrand for next weekend.

        1. Mark Aggleton

          As it's..

          ... registered by an individual I reckon it's just cyber-sitting.

        2. Stuart Castle Silver badge


          While I will be suprised if News International doesn't launch a replacement for the Notw, that address is registered to a web design firm who (judging by the client list shown on their main website) would probably not be equipped to design and host a website for a major newspaper.

          I think they are domain squatting..

          1. rototype

            not domain squatting

            Having lived in the north east for a number of years I heard the story.

            The Sunday Sun is a name owned by the Journal/chronicle in Newcastle and was published regularly before the Sun decided to produce a sunday paper, hence the name News Of The World was used.

            As far as I am aware The Sunday Sun is still being published in Newcastle, hence MGN are unable to use the name.

      2. Andrew Moore


        How soon before we see the 'new' NotW rise from the ashes.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Paris Hilton


          This week News of the World next week The Sunday ?

          1. Justicesays

   on the other hand

            Is owned by the mirror newspaper group

            Domain name:



            Newcastle Chronicle and Journal

            Registrant type:


            Registrant's address:

            Onyx Internet Ltd.

            Zetland Buildings

            Exchange Square



            TS1 1DE

            United Kingdom


            Trinity Mirror Digital Media Ltd [Tag = TRINITYNEWMEDIA]


            Relevant dates:

            Registered on: 16-Sep-1997

            Renewal date: 16-Sep-2011

            Last updated: 01-Mar-2010

            Oddly registered many years after they sold the sun to murdochs lot.

            Maybe some feature in the mirror I;m not aware of uses this name?

            1. andypbw

              Sunday Sun

              The Sunday Sun is a local north-east England (news)paper.

              Published by the same people that do the Chronicle & the Journal (hence the registrant).

              I had no idea these were MGN publications though.....

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Never thought I'd see the day!

    Can anyone see Sus Scrofa Domesticus with wings flying outside their window?

    Corruption with real consequences in modern-day Britain - whatever next?!

    1. The Indomitable Gall

      Real consequences?

      Oh yes, real consequences. The poor grunts at ground level are out on the street while the woman in charge of it all is still sitting in her executive post.

      Oh yes, real consequences. News International gets an excuse to introduce redundancies and institute cost savings by running fewer newsrooms. There will almost certainly be a Sunday Sun in a couple of weeks' time, and it will save NI thousands.

      There haven't been any consequences.

      What we need to see is the editorial staff in prison.

      We need very heavy fines, amounting to the entire profit of the paper for as long as they were hacking phones.

      And we need a court order banning News International from *any* expansion for a substantial time period. No new newspapers, no new Sunday editions, and certainly no new acquisitions. For at least 5 years.

      Anything less isn't punishment, because NI will still be up on the deal....

      1. Paul Shirley

        Sun on Sunday domain booked 2 days ago

        The lying scum have been preparing this for a while. The rats will just disperse to other parts of the empire and carry on as usual, as planned.

        Need serious escalation of action against the whole company to actually make anyone pay for this.

        And who believes it was just News International? More likely they just did is so much they couldn't help getting caught.

      2. Wize

        When it comes to industrial accidents...

        ...the jail time can be served by the company owner, not just the grunt who forgot to put a barrier round the bottomless pit. But only if it can be seen that the person at the top was negligent in not providing training, making sure staff are working within their competency level.

        Surely the charges raised from the the investigation can be applied to anyone up the food chain to the top.

        There will be a lot of arse covering exercises going on now.

        1. Jon 52

          investigation pah

          except the investigation is being run by rebekah, the ediot at the time. Conflict of interest much.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Not only the editorial staff...

        What we need to see is the two Murdochs in prison. And maybe the rest of the NI Board too.

        The buck stops there.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Turn to history...

      As Edward I said, "A man does good work when he rids himself of shit."

  3. Cihatari

    I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this.

    Ha Ha! - From the mouth of the Simpsons school bully, Nelson Muntz.

    1. Vulch

      You mean...

    2. deains

      In related news...

      ... it's also tomorrow's front page headline on the Guardian.

      1. Code Monkey


        I like the Telegraph's: Goodbye Cruel World

  4. Andy Fletcher


    I just love the way the upper echelons have taken this action to distance themselves from the troops who comitted the atrocities. It's got to be a first.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Firing a newsroom to save Rebekah Brooks and his own skin

    Looks like the junior Murdoch is just as classy as his dad.

    1. JasonW

      Who says they're being fired?

      More likely that they'll simply change the name above the door - keep the same staff.

      It was a toxic turd, now it's a toxic turd with a new name.

      I see incidentally that has been recently registered as a domain.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        With the exception Grant Mitchell's ex

        Everyone at NotW is on 90 days notice of redundancy. NI has said 'They will be invited to apply for other jobs in the company."

        1. Zog The Undeniable

          I bet this has been Plan B for months, if not years

          No doubt at a lower salary.

          1. Close down the Screws

          2. Register the Sun on Sunday

          3 ???

          4. Profit!

    2. Anonymous Coward


      He has gone native.

      In his dad's land execs fail on their sword from time to time (not often, but has been known to happen). In this land - never.

  6. Ben 77

    Sun on Sunday

    Close News of the Screws - thereby making it harder for people to sue in the civil courts for large payouts.

    Launch "The Sun on Sunday" - slogan, "theSUNday".

    Continue to publish photos of tits.

    Count the money.

    1. Neil 7

      Domain registered 5 July 2011.

      Cynical move by News International, no doubt in an effort to avoid derailing their Sky purchase. It will be business as usual, just a different title.

      1. Real Ale is Best
        Big Brother

        Its a Title

        Bought by Anonymous, I'm told...

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Domain name registered today...

      Now there's a coincidence... registered TODAY! But "Colin Wilson Engineering" who registered it doesn't exactly sound like "News International". You never know though... But I suspect a smart bit of anticipation by Colin Wilson - well, smarter than me as he beat me to it!!

      1. The Indomitable Gall

        Colin Wilson Engineering?!?

        It currently says "Mediaspring", but there are several companies going by that name.

        In interesting move for a URL squatter...

        If NI want it free, they'll get it free through a simple domain name dispute. But they might just want to keep their heads down and but it for a couple of grand just to keep things quiet.

        1. Neil 7
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          @The Indomitable Gall

          Hold out against NI? Just make sure you change the PIN on your voicemail first.

          1. TeeCee Gold badge

            @Neil 7

            Better idea.

            Leave the PIN the way it is, but get a couple of mates to leave messages about the scoop they're working on, revealing how Rebekah Brooks is passing inside information on the hacking scandal to the Mail........

        2. Just Thinking

          Domain name dispute

          Would that work, given that there is no such paper as The Sun On Sunday?

          Can you create a new publication and then demand the domain name from the existing owner?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Long live the super injuction, the truth is dead

    Many celebs, footballers and mistress must be cracking open the vimto at the news.

  8. Herr Ferret

    And nothing of value was lost

    It won't be mourned, what a dirty little rag that newspaper became.

    1. Alan Firminger

      Not quite

      The sham sheik helped the world along.

    2. kissingthecarpet

      What do you mean, 'became'

      It always was a filthy rag. Before their current incarnation, they use to specialise in "exposing" ordinary people's sexual idiosyncrasies, allegedly sometimes resulting in the suicide of the 'target'. Hypocracy was always their stock-in-trade.

      I certainly don't give a shit about the sacked NoTW "journalists" - Murdoch's media companies have a toxic effect on public life wherever they're based, & if you're paid the money, you've taken your choice

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Now...if only the ENTIRE Murdoch "empire" would go away as well...the planet would be a better place for all.

    1. N2

      Wishful thinking

      But, regrettably it wont happen unless people stop buying their products or services

      1. Mark 65

        Be interesting

        to see if the fit-and-proper test falls on its arse now.

      2. Cazzo Enorme

        re: Wishful thinking

        "But, regrettably it wont happen unless people stop buying their products or services"

        Trouble is, if people stopped paying for his current crap Murdoch will use News Corps considerable cash reserves to buy out his most successful competitor. Newspapers are starting to lose money and that's why he wants the rest of BSkyB - minus the loss making newsroom, which is why he was happy to agree to selling that bit off, which had the added bonus of giving his poodles in government something to claim as a compromise.

    2. Suboptimal Planet

      Let's keep things in perspective

      As a tool for corruption and injustice, News International has nothing like the power of the EU, or even our own government.

      Non-Murdoch media are enjoying this as much as you might expect, but let's keep a sense of perspective. Yes, the phone hacking was despicable, but was it worse than leaving elderly patients to starve in their own filth, as has happened in NHS hospitals.

      How many people suggested that the NHS should be destroyed in response?

      1. Lamont Cranston

        NHS reform is within the power of the government,

        and thus the hands of the people*.

        Reform of Murdoch's empire is in the hands of Murdoch.

        (Of course, this is all skimming over government efforts to dismantle the NHS, but that's not the issue here.)

        *Ha ha, yeah.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        The Tories.


  10. Anonymous Coward

    And nothing of value was lost.

    But cutting off an infected arm does nothing to cure the ill body of Murdoch's news empire.

  11. Andus McCoatover
    Paris Hilton


    That's all.

    (Obvious icon, natch)

  12. tath

    "our commitment to journalism and a free press"

    How does he manage to say these things? Really? Has he no shame at all, even if he is a Murdoch?

    Anyway, the cynic in me would say that this is a desperate measure to stop the BSkyB deal unfolding, by dumping a publication that has no chance of being profitable for the foreseeable future.

    But I am deeply cynical.

    1. frank 3

      I used to think I was cynical

      but the world just keeps on making me feel naive.

  13. ColonelClaw

    The gene pool was saved

    Goodbye and fuck off

    1. Andrew the Invertebrate

      the pool needs more chlorine

      what do you mean "goodbye"?

  14. graeme leggett Silver badge

    Historical precedents

    Have there been other instances of a brand so tainted that the owner said "bugger this" and just dropped it?

    1. John G Imrie

      I was thinking of Gerrald Ratner

      But his was self inflicted and he had the good graces to admit his own mistakes.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Dropping bad brands



      Windscale (quite apt - another operation which poured toxic waste into the environment)

      1. paulf

        Tainted Brands

        Townsend Thorosen after the sinking of "Herald of Free Enterprise" in 1987.

        The parent group was acquired by P&O and rebranded P&O European Ferries.

      2. Anonymous Coward


        Windscale is a separate licensed site located on the Sellafield site... it still exists....

        Just checking the led lining of my coat....

        1. Anonymous Coward


          Why is your coat lined with Light Emitting Diodes??

          If you are near Windscale, wouldnt LEAD be more useful??

          1. Zog The Undeniable


            It's like Led Zeppelin; he doesn't want stupid American readers to say his coat has a "LEED" lining.

    3. Anonymous Coward


      Porsche, VW, Allianz and Hugo Boss.

      Oh...wait... no, they're still going. I guess working for Nazis is more forgiveable than association with NotW...

      1. Anonymous Coward

        And Siemens! Don't forget Siemens!

        They made a serious stack of cash from the Nazis, and are now one of the world's most widespread brands.

        That's right, the Nazis covered the whole world with their Siemens...

    4. stratofish


      Sarah Fergusson?

    5. Vic

      Re: Historical precedents

      > Have there been other instances of a brand so tainted

      Swallow Sidecars was considered tainted, on account of their initials. But they just changed their name.

      But you don't see many Amstrad-branded computers any more...


      1. John Smith 19 Gold badge


        You might like to find out who *really* owns Amstrad today.

        It's not the man whose name is above the door.

        1. jonathanb Silver badge

          Re: @Vic

          The Amstrad of today brands its product as "Sky Plus". Suralan's computer hardware company goes by the name of "Viglen".

    6. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Historical precedents


    7. nyelvmark

      Ratners, for one.

      I'm sure there are many other examples, but none come to mind.

      Oh, wait - how about Watney's?

    8. Urh

      All this talk of toxic brand names...

      ...and still no mention of Union Carbide? What about Edsel?

  15. Daniel Garcia 2

    Whitewash movement

    The plan of merging operation of The Sun and NotW was already rolling even before this week outcry, nothing is lost there but the toxic brand. The implementation of the future "Sunday Sun" is highly possible.

    The incredible thing is that Rebekah B. still under full protection from Murdoch....

    1. Martin 47

      The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

      I wonder when the domin name was registered?

    2. Atherton20

      She's off anyway...

      Private Eye reckons that Rebekah is heading off on maternity leave with her head held high and a seven figure pay-off.

      Meanwhile Murdoch will now get the BSkyB takeover approved and extend the Sun to a Sunday edition (saving back-office costs), while Call-Me-Dave and Bonker-Boris (did you hear him this morning? F'ing sychophant) will not have to denounce the Evil Empire.

      It's all turned out rather nicely for James and his Dad.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Rebekah Brooks

      "The incredible thing is that Rebekah B. still under full protection from Murdoch...."

      Makes you wonder what else she knows about or has got up to over the years for News International to weather such a bad storm for her...

      1. Scorchio!!

        Re: Re: Rebekah Brooks

        '"The incredible thing is that Rebekah B. still under full protection from Murdoch...."

        Makes you wonder what else she knows about or has got up to over the years for News International to weather such a bad storm for her...'

        According to one Beeb report she has said the revelations will continue for about a year. So the feeling of anger about this insightless creature's behaviour [ e.g., ] has to continue for a year. These people have to be given a whipping by public sentiment for their corruption.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Domain was registered two days ago, by Identity Protect in Guildford - anyone know any more?

    5. TheOtherHobbbes


      And once all the huffing and hand-wringing are over - and once Darth Rupert has his hands on BSkyB - serious Street watchers may be wondering how long until there's more of the same.

      The scandal isn't the phone tapping, it's the fact that News Int still exists at all as a political influence in the UK - and the US, and Australia, and in other countries.

    6. asdf

      based on pics

      It sure seems she is blowing him. Red headed muff makes even a billionaire stupid I suppose.

  16. Wheaty73
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    Great - now lets work on getting the Daily Mail and Express to close

    Great news.

  17. Elmer Phud


    "Right, you lot. After three, fall on your swords. Wait for it! -- one, two, three. "

    No, that's just keeping Cameron happy, a head to wave over the castle walls.

  18. Adrian Challinor

    And just wehn I had changed my voice mail greeting...

    Thanks for calling, I'm not here at the moment, but if you leave me a message the News of the World will email it to me in 1/ 2 and hour.

  19. 5.antiago

    Wonderful... Just wonderful....

    This is just wonderful news. I can hear the creaking bones of old media.

    The Fourth Estate lost its soul a while ago, so I view this as a slight resetting of the wheel

  20. Christoph

    Trying to save the sinking ship

    They must have lost a *lot* of advertising from other Murdoch titles, and be hoping that throwing the News of the Screws to the wolves will reduce the damage to the rest.

    Plus of course salvaging that BSkyB takeover.

  21. Ol'Peculier

    Sunday Sun

    Wonder what the journo's at the Sunday Sun are thinking?

  22. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of people

    Hopefully this is not the end - just the beginning of the search for the individuals who really need to get banged up.

  23. John G Imrie

    The Sunday Sun

    Well that will go down well in Liverpool.

  24. WonkoTheSane

    What the public need to realise...

    Is that Rupert Murdoch owns more than one newspaper!.

    1. Dagg Silver badge

      And newspapers are NOT that important anymore

      This looks like a good excuse to dump something that is in the process of dying anyway! Murdoch can see the future and it consists of pay TV and paid access to web content. He may have some problems with the new but...

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Breaking News on Monday

    "The Sun to fill NOTW void".

    And so the corruption continues untouched. If everyone pulled out of the Sun, Times and Sky then they may get the hint.

    Anonymous, so I don't get my phone tapped

  26. Ian Tresman

    Great news

    This is not just about phone hacking, but a culture of muck-raking, muck-spreading, and pretending that invasion of privacy is in the public interest. Suggesting that all celebrities and politicians were fair game, is like shot-gunning a crowd of people, and justifying that you hit one bad person.

    Let's hope that the rest of media doors-steps those responsible.

  27. Anonymous Coward

    Publicity stunt

    Murdoch's tabloid instincts have brought him to cannibalism! He's actually exploiting his own scandal to further his group's business interests.

    Newspaper circulations are falling by the year. The Sun and NotW are separate operations with separate operational costs. He's probably been thinking for some time that it would be lovely to turn the NotW into the Sunday Sun, merge the operations into one office with one set of staff and thus streamline them both and reduce overheads. This is simply his opportunity to do it without the unions and staff moaning. It really is a gift to him.

    The public will soon be bored with this scandal, just as it grew weary of MP's expenses, at which point the Sunday edition of The Sun will morph into the NotW, filled with OTT sensationalist scandals, fake sheikhs, celebrity gossip and all the other usual tripe.

    Plus, Murdoch is trying to look good at the moment in order to get full control of Sky, which at one point it was touted that he's need to sell off some newspapers (if not all of them) . Well, technically, he now owns one fewer newspapers, and has 'proved' how moral and just he is by closing the NotW.

    Rupert Graves's character in V for Vendetta couldn't have handled it any better.

    1. WorkingFromHome

      Re: Publicity Stunt

      A publicity stunt is all it is - at the end of this Mudoch will claim that he has "done the right thing" and that his News International business is clean.

      The government will then happily wave through the BSkyB takeover - delighted at excuse they have been handed.

      All the great and good will be smiling and happy while the rest of us can get lost as usual...

  28. johnnymotel
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    hey there's a downside...

    once less rag to wipe my arse with.

    1. Evil Weevil

      It's one thing to complain about one less rag to wipe your arse with.....

      ..... and then to use the "Thumb Up" icon in the same post about wiping your arse.

    2. rickibc

      Wipe your arse on the NOTW?

      You'd put more on than you took off!

  29. mellowedout

    A cynical rebranding

    I'm already hearing that there is going to be a Sunday edition of the Sun. So nothing has changed at News International, it's just another con.

  30. WoodchipSFD

    Is there space for The Reg on Sunday?

    Go on Vulture Towers, you know it makes sense!

    1. Evil Weevil

      The Reg on Sunday....

      ....brilliant idea you've got there!

      Proper investigative journalism and El' Reg does the occasional tit story.

    2. Matthew 3

      Is there space for The Reg on Sunday?

      Or better still, El Reg to hit Ctrl+P for me and publish their stories as an old-school paper?

  31. bamalam

    Good riddance ...

    .... to bad rubbish.

    However I fear like others the emergence of the Sunday Sun.

  32. Anonymous Coward

    here comes the sun....

    like others - i'm not seeing a long delay before NOTW becomes the Scum on Sunday

  33. zb

    The King is dead ....

    The NoW is dead, long live the Sunday Sun. Of course they will have to sit on the naughty step for a few weeks before the relaunch.

    1. jonathanb Silver badge

      Won't be The Sunday Sun

      The Sunday Sun" is a local rag in the Newcastle and Middlesborough area owned by the Mirror Group. They also own the Sunday Mail" as the Sunday counterpart to the Daily Record in Scotland, so the Daily Wail calls their Sunday rag The Wail on Sunday.

      I'm guessing either "The Sun on Sunday", or maybe even "The Sun".

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        Re: Won't be The Sunday Sun

        Or even SUNday......

        Is that whalesong?

  34. Gordon 10

    Meaningless distraction

    The Notw closing is a distraction from the real issue here. Nearly all the papers have acted similarly.

    In terms of using private detectives to rummage out stories the notw lagged behind the Fail, the Mirror, the sun and the torygraph.

    Does anybody seriously believe that if someone discovers a way of getting juicy stories then competitors would follow suit?

    I for one would bet unauthorised vm access (no it's not hacking) was rife among all of the fleet street rags.

    1. kissingthecarpet

      Though some PI's involved

      were happy to email trojans to people etc. as well as listen to their VM, it is annoying when listening to voicemails is described as hacking(which in the public mind means "guy hunched over screen furiously typing while green text zooms past"). Though actually deleting voicemails is certainly analogous to hacking.

      The Grauniad (& probably the Indy) are the only two nationals I can think of that aren't tainted.

  35. Andrew the Invertebrate

    Breaking news

    Persons unknown registered the domains TheSundaySun & TheSunOnSunday 2 days ago

    Looks like the whitewash is in full swing

  36. Gordon861

    Future Costs

    I assume that by closing this paper now they make it much harder for anyone to take out anymore private prosecutions against them and it'll mean that the size of any compensation is severely limited now.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Same as the old boss

    It was no longer a going concern so of course they killed it. It's not like newspapers make money any more.

    I'm sure the new Sunday Sun, or whatever they call it (it just needs to fit in the same space), will be much better (at covering up their illegal activities).

  38. Robert E A Harvey

    Half a result

    The filthy organ is gone

    Now we need to deal with the wicked witch.

  39. Anonymous Coward
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    As Garfield would say...

    Big, fat, hairy deal.

    The Sun will no doubt be going into the Sunday print business, employing all the NotW staff within a month. The people at the helm will be protected and given golden handjobs, and nothing will have changed.

    The nativity behind the move is more confounding. I can understand LulzSec being daft enough to think that if they quit while members were being nicked that investigations and arrests would be halted, but NotW? Seriously?

    1. nyelvmark

      golden handjobs

      They're going to piss on their hands?

      1. Oz


        And then perform a religious play?

  40. amiable drudge

    ah, but..

    we need an investigative reporter to look into whether Mystic Meg saw it coming?

    and, whilst i'm marginally pleased at the news, somehow i still don't trust the slimy bastards..

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I was just saying to my wife this morning that if Murdoch had any sense he'd dump NoTW pronto, it's the only arse-covering measure he has left before the shit really hits the fan.

    The big question is how many of the senior staff will do a Mandelson, and be brought back in through the swinging door in a few months? The ones that aren't in jail, of course.

    OK, reality check. None of them will go to jail, more's the pity.

  42. Peter Gordon

    same s**t, different name

  43. Roger B

    Just read the wikipedia article

    below the main title, just one word



  44. Richard Bijster

    Diversionary tactic to achieve the bigger goal

    News Internationals argument will now turn into 'look how responsible we are; we shut the whole paper for you. We've proven ourselves to be really responsible over his issue, so we deserve to take over 100% of BSkyB'.

    Problem solved for the politicians and News International. The status quo returns . Let the public think that they have won a great victory. Unfortunately the British public will lose the larger battle in September. The media world will have moved on by then.

    It's a nice diversion tactic from 'look what the NOTW actually did to get shut down and who authorised it all'.

    There have undoubtedly been back door discussions with No.10 going on. The government would also like this issue to go away. Murdoch has only shut the NOTW to safeguard his 100% takeover of BSKyB in September. A case of 'it'll all have died down by that time'. Cameron is in News Internationals back pocket and still will be in Sept. .

  45. Matthew Malthouse


    The News of the World is dead; long live the Sun on Sunday.

    Seriously folks; the title may go but the people responsible stay.

  46. GatesFanbois

    My A*se

    Yeah right!

    It 's not going to close it will just be rebranded with a token change of editor

  47. Fehu


    Burning down the house to destroy the crime scene? Wonder where they got that idea?

    A dollar says this is just the beginning of this sorry story.

    Got my sixer. Who's ordering pizza?

  48. Peladon

    Do as I say. And when you've done it...

    On Twitter - bengoldacre:

    "bbc say staff in NOTW shouting in disbelief at losing jobs while Brooks keeps hers. feel like parable on modern britain </sanctimoniousness>"

    Yes, I think I'd be shouting too.

    Act 1: Do this, or be fired.

    Act 2: You did this. Your're fired.

    Act 3: Thank you Ms Brooks. A fine job. Here's your bonus.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

      I wonder how long it will be before a competitor buys "the inside story at NotW" from a disgruntled ex-employee who's a bit short of cash?

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

        "I wonder how long it will be before a competitor buys "the inside story at NotW" from a disgruntled ex-employee who's a bit short of cash?"

        The Barclay brothers are probably writing the cheque as I write this.

    2. TeeCee Gold badge


      It's worse than that.

      The vast majority of those working there are recent recruits, so they didn't do it anyway. One of the very few people in the entire organisation who was actually around and involved in the hacking days is Crystal Tipps.

      Basically they're firing 200 staff in an attempt to avoid giving her the push as, having many years as a senior NI filth-peddlar behind her, she knows where the bodies are buried and the dirt's hidden. This makes far more sense than Rupert and Rupert Lite (James) suddenly seeing the light and coming over all charitably sacrificial.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Act 4:

      Sell your story to the competition

      I somehow suspect that a lot of the staff will be now taking their email stash, private documents stash and a few other stashes and going to the Graunidad or the Independent with them.

      Doing the "Classic British Plc" thing of "execs are never fired" works only if the staff does not possess material which will cost you 10 times the exec golden handshake in the long run. Considering the moral standards of the average British PLC exec team all junior staff should be assumed to have a stash of compromat 10 stories high (and this is not just NoW, other RIPA violators come to mind here too).

      So if the staff is really fired (which I doubt), the scandal will soon grow to multiple times its current size and engulf the other Murdoch group newspapers.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

    Not so much gone as rebranded. registered 5 june.

  50. Roger B

    1 down several more to go....

    As great as this announcement is, dont forget Monday morning there will be approx 2.5 million ex NOW readers looking for their new paper, where do they go? Daily Mail? The Sun? The Mirror? My bleeding heart, left wing sentiment says go pick up a Guardian or Independent, imagine the shock they'd have reading about events outside of the UK and stories that didn't involve footballs, their wives, girlfriends, Mistress' etc.

    So lets celebrate now, but it will be interesting to see who picks up the slack in the circulation numbers.

  51. Andus McCoatover

    Maybe my last comment was hasty. A can of Tramp-juice mellows one somewhat...

    What I hadn't realised was that this newspaper (using the term loosely) has run for 168 years. Perhaps a better otion would've been to follow the example below:.

    Just clean it. Purge* would be severe, but would surely be a better alternative? Be rather a shame for a histerical ^W historical part of British ridicule ^W heritage to be thrown into the annals of history for the short-term actions of a few cretins.

    I'm serious. To close it seems rather a hasty, ill-thought out decision.

    * Good read, by the way.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      184 Years!

      I wonder when it started to go downhill. 1900s? 1920s? 1930s? 1969?

      1. Hardcastle the ancient

        when it started to go downhill

        My grandpop used to read it in the 1950s. He called 'the news of the screws' then, but he still bought the bloody thing. My grandma used to wear the coal-hole gloves to fetch it in, not just 'cos the newsprint rubbed off.

        Murdoch bought it in 1969.

  52. Paul Mitchell 1

    Web page

    Is it any surprise that domain name was registered just two days ago?

  53. Shady
    Paris Hilton

    Hasn't anyone...

    ...said it's gone titsup yet? Unbelievable.....

    1. Christoph

      Actually ...

      They made an excuse and left.

  54. CompuGuide

    One Down, One to Go - Fox News Next?

    "I want all journalism at News International to be beyond reproach."

    Take a look at Glen Beck of Fox News and tell me that he represents the above!

    1. Rattus Rattus


      Ah, I sse where you've got confused there. You've mistaken Fox News for journalism.

  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    saving costs?

    I wonder if this more to avoid a huge payout to all the parties involved. No newspaper, nothing to sue.

    Move along, nothing here to see.. anymore

  56. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Time to buy the Sunday Sport from it's present owner?

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Opportunity?

      Wouldn't that be a tad too highbrow for Screws readers?

      1. John G Imrie

        Sunday Sport

        Not to mention that the Sports Journalist had far more integrity than the NotW

  57. Pypes


    Nothing of value was lost.

    On a side note having the NotW fall on it's sword is a rather effective way to shield mudocks other interests from flack (specifically the sun and his attempt to buy out bskyb)

  58. cocknee

    First Chink in the Armour

    Now the Beast is wounded and down lets get the pitchforks and have us a revolution. Whilst the politicians aren't running scared of Murdoch and his minions, it's time to circle the monster and despatch it quickly. If even prominent Tories like Nicholas Soames and Zac Goldsmith are calling for a review of BSkyB takover, not just the lefties and people with an Axe to grind like Prescott, the time is right.

    As for all those lacky's "if it wasn't for Murdoch" like Toby Young this morning on Radio 4, well they can just feck off back up his arse because the world is better without his media misinformation empire. He's a threat to democracy.

    To paraphrase ColonelClaw, go-on, fuck off

    1. Old Painless

      spot on sunshine..

      ..i've been evangelising against murdoch for years for precisely those reasons; its just hard to get people to understand their fun soaraway Sun is in fact the tool of the devil, and is just one big titted distraction while The Beast shits, pukes and pisses all over democracy, the rule of law and freedom of speech.The whole mob of NI and newscorp should be taken out and shot as far as I'm concerned, but I;m just an old leftie. Firm but firm, thats me...Johnny Turk would have known what to do with 'em,,tie 'em to a post in no-mans-land mutter mutter..

  59. Happy Moose

    I expect sales of Andrex to go up...

    More absorbent than the NotW ever was...

    Mine's the one with the Kimberly-Clark share certificate in the pocket...

  60. Trollslayer

    Protectign the guilty?

    Am I cynical or is this a ploy to try and halt the investigation?

    If so then it is another reason to jail the guilty and those who were happy to go along profit from it.

    Let us not forget a certain organisation got caught paying hackers a few years ago.

  61. Lord Lien

    Make you wonder....

    ...who Rebekah Brooks was sleeping with to get that nice big dolop of wonga & too still stay on with News International.

  62. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Hard to believe.

    In fact *very* f**king hard to believe.

    This looks like a well planned doomsday retreat.

    Dump the deadwood (I'm sure Ms Brooks has her little list of journos who've not been "productive" enough for taste or a bit too active on behalf of their various unions).

    I smell phoenix liquidation.

    Meet the new CEO of News.

    Same as the old CEO of News.

  63. s. pam Silver badge

    Better watch these slimy fuckers before they.....register as a.n.other company!

    melted:~ scb$ whois

    Domain name:


    Newcastle Chronicle and Journal

    Registrant type:


    Registrant's address:


    United Kingdom


    Trinity Mirror Digital Media Ltd [Tag = TRINITYNEWMEDIA]


    Relevant dates:

    Registered on: 16-Sep-1997

    Renewal date: 16-Sep-2011

    Last updated: 01-Mar-2010

    Registration status:

    Registered until renewal date.

    WHOIS lookup made at 18:50:31 07-Jul-2011

    parked domain / monicker with a domain speculator in DK ---------------

    is a guy in Uxbridge....but looks like an odd registration with loads of:






    Makes me think that its been locked due to the furor!

    1. BenR

      Just checked out a few of these.

      Looks like it's about 50/50 on either already registered, or locked/prohibited as mentioned above for the permutations I can think of.

  64. Anonymous Coward

    Solution... The Sun on Sunday problem. Just find some "sources" who are reporting that The Sun has been hacking voicemails.

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    The Corporate Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

    Close down today, reopen under a new name (SunOnSunday maybe) tomorrow.

    Win-win all round. The drinks are on us.

  66. Anonymous John

    The end of the News Of The World.

    I think we owe Harold Camping an apology. He wasn't that far wrong.

  67. Daedalus

    Gotta keep the minions happy....

    ...because the unhappy ones may grass you out.

    Hopefully there are enough people who know something about the skullduggery, and are now out of a job, that we will see a sudden flurry of bean-spilling. Like when Nixon fired the people who knew the most about what he was up to.

  68. Anonymous Coward

    The Sun on Sunday

    call me VERY cynical but this seems justa trite too obvious


    Domain name:



    Registrant type:

    UK Individual

    Registrant's address:

    The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their

    address omitted from the WHOIS service.


    Webfusion Ltd t/a 123-reg [Tag = 123-REG]


    Relevant dates:

    Registered on: 05-Jul-2011

    Renewal date: 05-Jul-2013

    Last updated: 07-Jul-2011

    Registration status:

    Registration request being processed.

    Name servers:

    WHOIS lookup made at 20:22:12 07-Jul-2011

  69. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    This'll run and run

    I guess there'll be quite a few disgruntled folk losing their jobs on the paper. Probably at least some of them are innocent, so I'll be looking forward to any beans they might want to spill over the next few days about the not-so-innocent bar-stewards who've sacked them .

    I have a feeling there's still a huge amount to come out yet - and we still haven't even started on the other papers...

  70. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    NotW Annoyed Rupert's Friends

    Probably turned up something on David Cameron & friends. This will larn 'em to stick to celebrity underwear and the royals.

    "Pour encourager les autres".

  71. Anonymous Coward

    Note to Self...

    Must remember to by shares in Andrex, now the competition has closed their sales should rocket.

  72. Anonymous Coward

    You can't sue News of the World

    If it ceases to exist.

    1. John G Imrie

      You can't close a company

      untill all pending court caces have ended.

  73. Julian 3

    The Sun On Sunday

    Murdoch will simply re-brand it The Sun On Sunday with much the same staff and punters and advertisers will come running back. Sad but true.

  74. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It won't make much difference...

    ... as The Times is not a whole lot different from the News of the World nowadays.

  75. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just saw an ad on Jobserve.

    Wanted: 1000 journalists with ethics, professionalism, honesty and integrity. Must be available immediately. To apply, leave a 1000 word covering letter on your voicemail, and we'll be in touch.

  76. Scarborough Dave

    Good Game Theory

    Chop the infected limb off.

    The troops who know what was done when and sanctioned by whom scattered in a star burst.

    By the time the inquiry starts, no one can locate the troops as they have left to who knows where, inquiry closes.

    Mr. Mudoch sits back smokes cigar and chuckles, as he is driven up to Sky HQ saying (in an Aussy voice "was like driving a stick up a greasy dogs arse!" Takes another puff.

  77. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    So long and thanks for all the tits

    Best. Subhead. Ever.

  78. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good riddance

    I can only wish all the "idiotpapers" would follow the same route.

    We get the same quality of reporting from the web so why they exist is a mystery to me. The public can even hack into GSM themselves these days, so this press really has no advantage.

  79. mike panero


    The Sunday Sport folded some years ago, now the Screws is no more!

    Yet this woman still does not have the balls to stand up and be counted!

    Most of us will never know the adulation nor the money of the famous, nor will we have anywhere near as much sex as the powerful

    But every Sunday we could tut tut them with a misguided sense of moral superiority as the Screws lay bare their feet of clay

    Do you think I will buy a Mail on Sunday from my £1million house?

    Perhaps the Observer will idle away the time as I take the Eurostar to Tuscany?

    No no no the Dirty Digger MUST MUST MUST revive the mix of moral outrage and soft porn that was NoW

    Either that or he will see his empire collapse all for the lust of a red head's !!!!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Sunday Sport

      According to the net, SS was bought from the administators by Sullivan and is still being published as of 8/5/11. So you still have a chance!

  80. Anonymous Coward

    Someone needs to...

    ...hack Rupert Murdoch's voice mail. Find out what's really going on.

  81. LaeMing
    Black Helicopters

    But... but... but...

    The World was not meant to end until 2012!

  82. Gupie

    Other papers also phone hacking?

    I can't believe it was only the News of the World that hacked phones. Hopefully it was the "Sun that done it" as well. They can close that rag down too.

  83. Anonymous Coward

    Willing to bet...

    that the NotW journalists have collected so much dirt on our politicians (including the PMs and cabinet) that they dare not humiliate Murdoch any more! Else, skeletons from the creakign cupboards will come crashing out and dragiing everyone with them.

    Its a classic blackmail scenario. ( Cameroon winked at Rebekah and asked this closing down down as the best face saving/whitewashing option).. The storm will pass and life will go on.

    Look what happened to Vince Cable when he tried to rein in Murdoch dominance!

    Resistance is futile.

  84. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Sun (on Sunday)

    Remember Hillsbrough

    Enough Said

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  86. Marco Mieshio

    With great power comes great responsibility

    Not if you are Rupert Murdoch it doesn't.

  87. Debe


    I used to not mind Murdoch or his empire. Not because I approve of it, but because I didn’t care.

    I don’t read his newspapers or watch his TV channels because they are as much “news” outlets as I am a flying pink unicorn with magical super powers.

    However this has frustrated me, because by closing a newspaper and then opening another exact duplicate up under a different name a week later, he obviously thinks people are fucking idiots.

    It makes me so god damned angry I wish I was a flying pink unicorn with magical super powers so I could rain horrible rainbow death down upon people like Murdoch and that ginger cow he fancies so much, and then politicians they need to burn in rainbow agony as well… sod it I’ll just burn the world in rainbows and rebuild it in my very own pink unicorn image!

    … I need a lie down, in a dark room, and bring tranquilizers… lots of tranquilizers…

  88. Winkypop Silver badge

    Bye bye and......

    .....fuck off.

  89. Andus McCoatover


    Now I've got to shuffle off to Lidl and buy some toilet paper.


  90. Locky

    Tis a sad day

    Mock the Week will have to change their theme tune

  91. Toothpick

    Get advice from St Jobs

    Rupert: G'day Steve, it's your old mate Rupert

    Steve: Rupe !! How's it hanging?

    Rupe: Bit of crisis with ths hacking scandal. I'm up crap creek without a paddle.

    Steve: NotW ?

    Rupe: Yep - What should I do?

    Steve: Change the name. Not that big a deal.

  92. Scorchio!!

    Kick 'em all out

    These people have influenced politics in the UK for too long. They have to go. We have to clean them out fully, with the Murdochs unceremoniously dumped on the doorstep. These people are not better than the Mubaraks of this world. Unelected.

  93. Jemma

    ... umm, has anyone thought...?

    Im not sure if I am right or wrong - but I suspect that Murdock et al arent in this to make a profit. If they kill the entity that is NoTW, it will kill all the lawsuits and charges against it since it is no longer a extant entity. Which means all the people suing NoTW (and for good reason, mind you) will be suing nothing but a shell which I suspect will have no legal requirement to pay out since it doesnt exist...

    If that is the case, and I am no lawyer, that will mean the families concerned will have to sue the individuals, which will cost them worlds more in money - which will probably mean the cases will fall flat on their faces... not due to the cases themselves being faulty, but due to the people pursuing the cases against Murdock et all not having the resources to pull back from suing NoTW and retrench into suing the actual individual people concerned...

    So its Win-Win for the bastards of the world *sigh*. Quelle Surprise.

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    2. Scorchio!!

      Re: ... umm, has anyone thought...?

      "Im not sure if I am right or wrong - but I suspect that Murdock et al arent in this to make a profit. If they kill the entity that is NoTW, it will kill all the lawsuits and charges against it since it is no longer a extant entity."

      Yes, I have. It happened in a company where I once worked, and the result was human misery. That is why Cameron's (perhaps reluctant, but prodded on by Clegg and Millipede) choice of independent judicial enquiry is important. This is a chance to grasp. In 1989 David Mellor warned the press they were drinking at the last chance saloon [ ]. Perhaps in the longer sense of the word it will be seen that they were. They have been trading in human misery and personal secrets for too long. Their relationships with the police of all things indicate that News International have at a high level been malfeasant, inasmuch that it was stated, first by Rebekah Wade, and then by Andy Coulson who on *public record* said that they PAID the police and that it's 'within the law' [ ].

      It's a truism in occupational psychology that the behaviour of employees, irrespective of grade, can only be understood by assessing further up the hierarchy to see where the trail ends. After so many years of bad behaviour I am ineluctably drawn to the conclusion that Murdoch himself is the original source of the problems with News International.

      That matters had come to a point where all main major politicians felt it necessary to curry favour with him, to tailor their policies and behaviour to suit the cut of Murdoch's jib says even more.

      This business has to be kicked out. There is currently enough public outrage at them for what has happened, and this has to persist; they are holding onto Rebekah Wade, which is excellent; it means that her superior and his superior have identified with, and are supporting one of the central sources of the problem, and they can now be challenged for this long period of malfeasance. Certainly they can never be allowed to touch Sky News, and the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate has to be publicly and very strongly aired and advocated, in as many outlets as possible, including this publication.

      They have to go. We cannot allow self appointed foreign press barons to shape the policies of our governments, but we have done.They have gone too far. Time to smash them into small pieces, and then dump them on the pavement, beyond the boundaries marked "UK".

      1. Jemma

        ... drinking at the last chance saloon...

        I didnt know that the MG6 was being ordered by the Government....

        But seriously.

        This is just more of the same from Conservatism. Public opinion is of little meaning to them and I am fairly sure that this will end up as another "its not murder, cos we wont let you decide its murder" government coverup special. Every one will know its what it is, the government will know its what it is, and everyone will studiously ignore the large Mastodon thats sitting in the corner in a Saville Row suit, attempting to look innocent. And the really fun part is we'll end up voting for them again next time - business as usual for a country on a planet run by psychotic monkeys...

        The tabloids have broken so many different laws it'd be easier to list the ones they havent as list the ones they have.

        But the point stands - they have broken laws and cost people their lives - and they've gotten away with it. They will continue to get away with it until they are forcibly stopped with proper privacy & protection laws that dont have plot holes a blind grandmother could pilot the Enterprise-E through. It would be nice too if the police actually bothered to enforce the laws concerned. I know for a fact a girl I know was murdered and dumped in the local river because someone had told others that she was transsexual, incorrectly as it turned out, which is against UK law, but the police not only ignored that fact, they blackened her name saying she was a drug dealer (which for a girl who never touched alcohol...). NoTW & the Daily Wail et al did exactly the same thing with a German girl but thats ok, because theyre a paper.

        I would be very interested from any one in the know if its possible for the British Govt to force a company to close down entirely - much as the US Govt/Treasury did to Lehmans - because this would be an ideal solution. Dismantle and destroy Murdoch for good, which would send one hell of a warning to all the other bottom-feeders that you piss around with murder victims families at your peril.

        1. Scorchio!!

          Re: ... drinking at the last chance saloon...

          "This is just more of the same from Conservatism."

          It clearly is the case that Murdoch et al. should not assume sovereign powers and determine policies. Dismissive use of the argumentum ad hominem in a culturally relative form ("This is just more of the same from Conservatism.") is not even remotely valid argumentation, though I'm sure that you are satisfied with it, or you would not have used it; my point is that this (cultural relativism and the argumentum ad hominem) is the weakest form of logic and epistemology. Much better to go with the facts, and my purpose in citing the origins of the debate is, well, to lay down a marker in addition to the 1969 one that I cited later.

          Listen to the latest World At One on the BBC's site and you will hear this clearly coming out from all sides. The end clip, with Murdoch accusing those who decry his sleazy journalism as jealousy, is enlightening. No words are added, and it is clear that the Beeb for once are allowing the interviewee to condemn himself out of his own mouth.

          Murdoch et al. must go. However, it is not an easy task to break up a company. Monopoly laws are one thing but not, I suspect, relevant here since there are many competitors. Listen to Portillo and Clarke on the Daily Politics to see how this might play out. It will be complex. It will be painful. It may even be that Murdoch's anointed will find herself on the wrong end of her own tactics, as the sacked journalists bring out their personal compendia of notes, recordings, receipts and other forgotten dirt.

          As far as deaths are concerned, this is just what happened to Denholm Elliot's daughter. I heard the NoTW journalist concerned apologise for it on Radio 4 the other day, whilst also admitting that this was fruitless because everyone concerned (mother included) is now dead; what he did was to write an article about her prostitution, drug addiction and so on. She hung herself [ and and

          ]. So yes, it has to stop and the only way it will stop if people participate. Perhaps at some point a critical mass can be achieved at the expense of this sleazy group.

          This will be messy, and I hope that a lot of ordinary people put their weight behind the process of downfall.

          I'm grateful to the Murdochs for their transparent and cynical ploy to stay in the game, by making The Sun a 7 day newspaper. This ought to be a knot in the noose.

  94. Anonymous Coward

    Yaaaay! The Sun next please.

    Shut down The Sun next please to complete the trash trashing.

  95. Paul Landon

    Where's OFCOM

    Where's OFCOM been?

    Too busy prosecuting spammers or USA Corporate data thieves and privacy crims. No?

  96. Mr_Happy

    Trinity Mirror Owns Local Papers Too

    There is already is a Sunday Sun up North , the registrant gives it away 'Newcastle Chronicle and Journal' which is part of Trinity Mirror

  97. Dave 15

    he condemns and supports?

    He condemns the behaviour of the paper and then supports the woman who, for at least part of the problem, was "in charge". Being "in charge" and taking a huge salary for making the decisions means you are also responsible.

    By keeping her on he condones, actively supports, the behaviour that led to these scandals. This means we can safely conclude the other media - paper and tv - under his control have been goven the green light to act in this fashion.

  98. Anonymous Coward


    "has a proud history of fighting crime"

    Isn't there a comma missing in there?

  99. Anonymous Coward


    Reading this word from the owner of Fox "News" brings only riotous laughter, or crying.

  100. Glen 9

    It was updated yesterday apparently:

    Domain name:


    News International Newspapers Limited

    Registrant type:

    UK Limited Company, (Company number: 1885543)

    Registrant's address:

    NI Group Limited

    3 Thomas More Square


    E98 1ES

    United Kingdom


    News International Newspapers Limited [Tag = NEWSINT]


    Relevant dates:

    Registered on: 05-Jul-2011

    Renewal date: 05-Jul-2013

    Last updated: 08-Jul-2011

    Registration status:

    Registration request being processed.

    Nuke icon because that's what should have been done >:|

  101. Morteus

    A classic stratigic feint

    C'mon, we all know that if we discover a scandal of this proportion now, those who are involved have know about it for ages. So it's reasonable to assume there have been contingency plans prepared for most eventualities.

    So they put up their hands, gasp in horror and look shocked - but we don't 'buy it'.

    Next they implement an investigation - curiously already strangling it's credibility by appointing one of the suspected party as chief investigator - we are even more outraged.

    Suddenly, in a major show of attrition, they axe the publication without a fight and in a grand manner, one of the CEO's pleads remorse for their actions citeing niavete as the main cause.

    Anyone who has a basic understanding of military stratergy can see this for what it is - one big manouver to camoflage another - and no, I'm still not 'buying it'.

    But don't let it worry you - this only the tip of the iceberg anyway... you'll never hear about what's REALLY going on ... MUAHAHA!!!

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