Britain’s biggest selling Sunday Newspaper The News Of The World will close this Sunday after years worth of phone hacking scandal finally reached melting point at the start of the week.
Rebekah Brooks, Cheif executive of News International – one of the worlds biggest newspaper publishers – held a crisis meeting with the entire team of the scandalous publication earlier today and tearfully told staff that there was no way the paper could continue after a series of terrible allegations left the newspaper that was founded in 1843 in serious disrepute. The worse of these claims were that reporters hacked into the voicemail of the dead 13 year old Milly Dowler.
THE HACKING TIMELINE
Two NOTW reporters arrested for allegedly hacking into the mobile phones of British Royal Family members.
NOTW Reporters sent to prison for phone hacking.
The editor Andy Coulson resigns.
Press Complaints Commission close the case on the phone hacking scandal.
Andy Coulson is appointed the Tory Party’s Director of communications and planning by the then leader of the opposition David Cameron.
The Guardian reveals that NOTW have paid off people willing to expose more phone hacking scandals.
Former editor Andy Coulson reveals that lots of bad things happened in the NOTW whilst he was editor but insists he knew nothing about phone hacking.
The New York Times claim Andy Coulson was fully aware of phone hacking and the police begin to investigate.
Andy Coulson resigns as the governments Director of communications and planning.
NOTW alleged hackers arrested.
A number of celebrities including Sienna Miller and Hugh Grant are awarded compensation by NOTW as they are confirmed phone hacking victims.
Claims emerge that Milly Dowler’s mobile phone was hacked after she had gone missing. Her family’s solicitor said it offered her parents Bob and Sally false hope she was still alive.
Prime Minister David Cameron announces public inquiry into the scandal. Reports emerge that relatives of soldiers killed in action may have been victims of phone hacking.
News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is ‘appalled’ by the allegations.
Advertisers including Boots, Asda, 02, Sainbury’s and npower join ad exodus from NotW
The News Of The World announce that this Sunday’s newspaper will be the last edition.
THE END OF AN ERA
This afternoon News International chairman James Murdoch confirmed that he had no choice but to take ‘decisive’ action.
‘Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued. 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. These are strong measures. They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing to do.’
According to published reports, the NOTW staff were extremely unhappy with the news that they faced the axe and vented all of their frustrations at Rebekah Brooks – who the public have asked to resign.
As Rupert Murdoch’s protege Brooks has an extremely powerful position and those underneath her find it astonishing that she will be able to remain in her role. Already there are rumors the News of The World will become The Sun on Sunday. Same rag, different title.
This is an historical day in the world of journalism and ethics..