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JAMES A.
a nice creative way to get rid of a dying newspaper.

The Truth
Having worked in corporate America for over 30 years, underlings DO NOT MAKE DECISION effecting corporate strategy. The Owner, CEO, Board of directors are the rootcause to this evil. Believe me its a top-down process and these types of illegal actions are directed by those at the top. Countless... More

Anatolepushkin 
The old man Murdoch was in the US when those scoundrels sold his News of the World to the politicians like David Cameron. All the bucks should stop right at Cameron's desk because the hacker worked as his spokesman. That must be the reason why he hired him as spokesman in the first place.

Derek S 
Murdoch shuts down a 168 year old newspaper on a whim just to save his media deal? Do the British really think such a person deserves to own and operate this BSkyB company? He has shown that he cares nothing about the companies he owns or the people who work there or the millions of people who... More

HMichaelH 
With all his money and power, he still could not stop time. He is an old, decrepit man who looks frail and unhealthy. Time has robbed him of his youth, and all his fortune can't change that!

liz

Brooks should go. It doesn't matter if she didn't know, that demonstrates her lack of leadership and she was editor when the Millie Dowler hacking happened and as the editor the buck stops with her. Every time she says she doesn't know makes her look weaker and less executive material. The other... More



News of the World Editor Colin Myler speaks to members of the media after leading staff and journalists out of the Thomas More Square News International offices after preparing the last edition of the paper on July 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Scandalized paper prints final edition

The News of the World pays tribute to its 7.5 million readers with an unusually low-key message. 'We lost our way'

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UK's News of the World bids farewell to readers

LONDON (AP) — Britain's best-selling Sunday tabloid the News of the World signed off with a simple front page message — "THANK YOU & GOODBYE" — leaving the media establishment here reeling from the expanding phone-hacking scandal that brought down the muckraking newspaper after 168 years.

Journalists crafted the newspaper's own obituary before sending the tabloid's final edition to the printing presses Saturday night, apologizing for letting its readers down but stopping short of acknowledging recent allegations that staff paid police for information.

"We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards," read a message posted on the tabloid's website. "Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry."

Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. media empire owns the paper, will arrive in London on Sunday on a scheduled visit, a person familiar with his itinerary told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Buying the News of the World in 1969 gave the Australian-born Murdoch his first foothold in Britain's media. He went on to snap up several other titles, gaining almost unparalleled influence in British politics through the far-reaching power of his papers' headlines.

Now he is facing a maelstrom of criticism and outrage over the sequence of events set off by allegations the paper's journalists paid police for information and hacked into the voicemails of young murder victims and the grieving families of dead soldiers.

The recent revelations culminated in the decision to close the paper and put 200 journalists out of work — but the move failed to stem broader questions about corruption at the newspaper and press regulation in the U.K.

The sordid affair has played out at breakneck pace in the media and prompted soul-searching at the highest levels of officialdom. Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a new press regulation system and pledged a public inquiry into what went wrong; the head of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper operations has alluded that more revelations are yet to come.

As the News of the World's final issue went to press, Assistant Police Commissioner John Yates expressed his "extreme regret" that he did not act to reopen police inquiries into phone hacking two years ago. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he said "it's clear I could have done more."

But Murdoch has opted to remain largely silent amid the fallout, issuing one official statement describing the allegations as "deplorable and unacceptable."

He spoke briefly to reporters in Sun Valley, Idaho, on Saturday, where he is attending a media conference, to back the leadership of his U.K. news operations.

The final edition of the tabloid hits newsstands on Sunday, and the newspaper's front and back pages are covered with a collage of images of past exclusives and scoops.

The front page bears an epitaph, "the world's greatest newspaper 1843 - 2011" and a smaller headline with the words: "After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5m loyal readers."

Throughout the day, journalists at the tabloid expressed their sadness and pride in working for an iconic news brand.

Video of the newsroom showed desk-bound journalists tapping away at keyboards beneath television screens broadcasting images and pictures of their task, and plight.

Small clues gave the tone of the London newsroom away — from a commemorative T-shirt bearing a "Goodbye, cruel News of the World, I'm leaving you today" worn by one staffer.

The paper's editor, Colin Myler, offered words of encouragement and sympathy to his staff on a "very difficult day."

"It's not where we want to be and it's not where we deserve to be," he said in a memo to staff seen by Britain's Press Association. "But I know we will produce a paper to be proud of."

Helen Moss, a news and features editor who offered refreshments to journalists camped outside the tabloid's headquarters, described an "extremely emotional" newsroom.

Much of the emotion continued to focus on News International — a subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corp. — which took the decision to jettison the paper on Thursday after the new allegations sparked a fierce backlash and the flight of advertisers.

When asked whose decision it was to close the paper Murdoch said, "It was a collective decision."

The scandal exploded this week after it was reported that the News of the World had hacked the mobile phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler in 2002 while her family and police were desperately searching for her. News of the World operatives reportedly deleted some messages from the phone's voicemail, giving the girl's parents false hope that she was still alive.

That ignited public outrage far beyond any previous reaction to press intrusion into the lives of politicians and celebrities, which the paper has acknowledged and for which it has paid compensation to some prominent victims, including actress Sienna Miller.

Revelations that journalists paid police for information added fuel to the fire, prompting calls for a boycott and causing dozens of companies to pull their advertising from the paper amid fears they would be tainted by association.

James Murdoch — tipped by many as a likely successor to his father — then announced Thursday that this Sunday's edition of the tabloid would be its last and all revenue from it will go to "good causes."

The closure was seen by some as a desperate attempt by the media conglomerate to stem negative fallout and thus save its 12 billion-pound ($19 billion) deal to take over satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting.

But the British government has signaled that deal will be delayed because of the crisis and the scandal has continued to unfold with the announcement of three arrests linked to the matter on Friday.

Andy Coulson — a former News of the World editor and ex-communications chief to Prime Minister David Cameron — was arrested Friday, as was Clive Goodman, an ex-News of the World royal reporter, and an unidentified 63-year-old man. All three have since been released on bail.

The developments have turned up the heat on Britain's media industry amid concerns a police investigation won't stop with the News of the World.

It has also cast new scrutiny on the cozy relationship between British politicians and the powerful Murdoch empire, putting the media baron's company on the defensive.

Many journalists and media watchers have expressed astonishment that Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of News of the World when some of the hacking allegedly occurred, was keeping her job at head of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper operations while the paper's 200 employees were laid off.

When asked Saturday if Brooks continues to have his support, Rupert Murdoch replied simply: "Total."

"We already apologized," he said. "We've been let down by people ... the paper let down its readers."

Brooks told lawmakers she had "no knowledge whatsoever" of the Milly Dowler hacking or any other case while she was editor, according to a letter published by Britain's home affairs select committee on Saturday.

"I also want to reassure you that the practice of phone hacking is not continuing at the News of the World," she said in response to the committee's request for new evidence. "For the avoidance of doubt, I should add that we have no reason to believe that any phone hacking occurred at any other of our titles."

While she has been portrayed as a villain in the unfolding story, Brooks — with strong connections to British politics and decades of experience behind her — has insisted she is the right person to lead News International through the crisis.

Upping the ante, the Church of England threatened to pull nearly 4 million pounds of investments from News Corp. if it "does not hold senior executives to account...for the gross failures of management at the News of the World."

The church's ethical investment advisory group said Saturday it wrote to News Corp. saying closing News of the World was not a "sufficient response" to the "utterly reprehensible and unethical" practices uncovered at the tabloid.

As he led the News of the World's staff out of the building to cheers and applause, Myler, the editor, paid tribute to his team's professionalism and thanked the tabloid's readers.

"In the best tradition" of Britain's newspapers, he told the gathered press scrum, "we are going to the pub."

Julie Jacobson contributed to this report from Sun Valley, Idaho.

Cassandra Vinograd can be reached at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd


  • In this photo released Saturday July 9, 2011, by News International, showing the front cover of the final edition of Britain's Sunday tabloid newspaper the News of the World which will be published for Sunday July 10, 2011, with a simple front page message: Thank You and Goodbye. The newspaper owned by News Corp is ensnared in a growing scandal because of alleged phone-hacking which has prompted the title to be closed from upcoming Sunday, after 168-years of publishing. (AP Photo / News International) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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  • This is a handout photo of News of the World staff in the newsroom in London, as they work on the title's final edition Saturday July 9, 2011. The 168-year-old muckraking tabloid News of the World was shut down Thursday after being engulfed by allegations its journalists paid police for information and hacked into the phone messages of celebrities, young murder victims and even the grieving families of dead soldiers. Its last publication day is Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul Vicente/Sunday Times/Ho) EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO ARCHIVE NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Murdoch meets with exec Rebekah Brooks

Justin Case  
Murdoch and Brooks have met, and he survived? Normally, after copulation, the female spider eats the male.
A 
i think miss brooks will not go because she has some damaging info on rupert. and if she goes she will drag rupert with her.

Izbit 
I'm sorry but is this old man just stupid or what, in his words above.
''But Murdoch has stuck by Brooks. Asked in London what his first priority was, he gestured at her and said: "This one."
Him saying that almost makes it sound like there a couple and he will do any thing to help/protect her.
Sorry but put her in prison for what she has done and keep him away from BskyB.
Murdoch made a comment about not throwing an innocent under a bus well what has he done with all the innocent staff!! tied them up in a row and got a frait train to plow over them all.
C 
This woman Brooks admited that she had paid policemen for information on the news, why is she still not sitting in a prison cell on a charge of corruption. I am sorry for the workers who as usual get it in the neck through no fault of their own, its allways the littleman that suffers in this country. Cameron will let this die down and it will be all forgotton and forgiven that piece of ossie trash will be allowed to get Skyb when he really should spend a couple of years behind bars with his corrupt son. They come from Austrailia and thats where they should be sent back to, we used to get rid of our trash out there and it seems we need to start doing it again

LONDON (Reuters) - Media baron Rupert Murdoch flew into London on Sunday to tackle a phone-hacking scandal that has sent tremors through the political establishment and may cost him a multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal.

Murdoch, 80, swept into his London headquarters in the front passenger seat of a car, holding up the final edition of the best-selling News of the World, the newspaper he bought in 1969 that became the foundation stone of his international media empire, which he closed last week in a bid to stem the crisis.

Murdoch later travelled across the city to his London home where he was joined by his embattled newspaper group chief executive Rebekah Brooks, and then crossed the road to a hotel with his arm around her. Murdoch's son and heir apparent, James, later entered the hotel by a side door, witnesses said.

Best known for its lurid headlines exposing misadventures of the rich, royal and famous, the last News of the World said simply "Thank You & Goodbye" over a montage of some of its most celebrated splashes of the past 168 years. For admirers it had been a stock feature of lazy Sundays, for critics it had become a symbol of craven irresponsibility in the British media.

"All human life was here," the paper declared.

Only last week, Rupert Murdoch had seemed on the point of clinching approval for a cherished prize, the buyout of broadcaster BSkyB. But revelations that phone-hacking had extended beyond celebrities to a murdered girl and to relatives of victims of the 2005 London bomb attacks and of soldiers killed in action stirred broad public anger.

Editor Colin Myler told media massed outside the newspaper's offices: "This is not where we wanted to be and it's not where we deserve to be, but as a final tribute to 7.5 million readers, this is for you and for the staff, thank you."

The scandal has raised questions about relations between politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron -- who hired the paper's former editor Andy Coulson as his spin doctor -- and media barons such as News Corp chairman and chief executive Murdoch.

It has also brought to light accusations that journalists working for Murdoch and others illegally paid police for information. A senior officer said the London police force had been 'very damaged' by its failure to press an initial investigation into telephone hacking at the News of the World.

Cameron's opponents have scented an opportunity in their efforts to block Murdoch's $14 billion (8 billion pounds) bid for the 61 percent of the profitable pay-TV operator BSkyB that News Corp, the world's largest news conglomerate, does not already own.

Previously, those looking at whether Murdoch should get the go-ahead have focussed on whether it would give him too much power over the media.

But allegations that senior editors were involved in illegally accessing thousands of voicemail messages and paying police for information to get scoops have now prompted the regulator Ofcom to say it will consider whether News Corp directors are "fit and proper" persons to run BSkyB.

The government has received more than 135,000 public complaints against the BSkyB deal.

Cameron came under growing pressure on Sunday to halt Murdoch's bid for BSkyB, at least until an investigation into phone-hacking had been completed.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he would force the issue to a parliamentary vote this week if Cameron did not act.

"He needs to make clear that BSkyB cannot go ahead until the investigation is complete," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

Pressure came too from members of the government's junior coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, who have had a less cosy relationship with Murdoch.

Deputy LibDem leader Simon Hughes said he would be prepared to back Labour's call for the deal to be postponed and urged other LibDems to do the same -- setting the stage for a major test of the coalition's unity.

"LET DOWN"

News Corp shares fell more than 5 percent in New York last week.

"We've been let down by people that we trusted, with the result the paper let down its readers," Rupert Murdoch said as he left a media conference in Idaho on Saturday.

Neither Cameron's office nor the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plan to speak to him during the visit, spokespeople said. Police declined to comment on whether they would try to speak to him.

The prime minister's close links with those at the heart of the scandal mean he too has been damaged by it.

On Friday police arrested Coulson, who resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after one of his reporters and a private investigator were convicted of hacking the phones of aides to the royal family, and later became Cameron's communications chief. Coulson has also said he knew nothing about the phone hacking.

Cameron, a friend of Brooks, joined calls for her to step down as chief executive of News Corp's News International arm at a news conference on Friday where he admitted politicians had been in thrall to media for years, and ordered a public inquiry.

But Murdoch has stuck by Brooks. Asked in London what his first priority was, he gestured at her and said: "This one."

Murdoch said on Saturday that Brooks, who was editor of the News of the World at a time when many of the alleged hacking incidents were taking place, had his "total" support. She denies knowing of the practice during her watch.

"I'm not throwing innocent people under the bus," he said.

"HACKING WAS STANDARD PRACTICE"

A senior police officer told the Sunday Telegraph that voicemail hacking had been "standard practice" at the News of the World and that its executives had failed to cooperate fully with police during an investigation in 2005-06.

He said the new investigation had been prompted by "material that was completely available to them in 2005-06."

"It makes their assurances in 2005-06 look very shaky."

The Sunday Times said at least nine journalists and three police officers were facing possible jail sentences in connection with the scandal and quoted senior police officers as saying it was likely there would be further arrests soon.

Some 200 jobs will be lost at the News of the World.

At London Bridge railway station, copies of the last edition were selling well, said newspaper vendor Jean Natella.

"I think it's a shame because they've done a lot of good, they've riddled out a lot of, let's say, nasty people," she said. "It's unfortunate that a few people have brought it down. But they have got no choice because they condemned others so they have got to show they are accountable."

Others were less charitable.

"The spectre of the old Murdoch, the one whose demise was signalled last week -- powerful, voracious and threatening -- must not be allowed to rise again from the ashes of the News of the World," said an editorial in the Observer, a rival weekly.

The Guardian said on Saturday that police were investigating claims that a News International executive may have deleted millions of emails from an internal archive in an attempt to hamper investigations.

A News International spokeswoman said the allegation was "rubbish": "We are cooperating actively with police and have not destroyed evidence."

(Additional reporting by Olesya Dmitracova, Jodie Ginsberg, Christina Fincher, Sarah McBride, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Paul Sandle; Writing by Alison Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Janet Lawrence)


Eileen H  

No paper magnate should have any sway over a government. Shame on Cameron (Coulson, Brooks). MPs of all parties should be putting Cameron in the dock too at Question Time. Hope all this is the downfall of the Murdoch empire. Please, please do not let him have BSkyB


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Patrick: Lets be serious here...Does she look like someone who can edit a newspaper? Whts her provenance? Qualifications?...Call me an old cant, but I reckon we're talking cork sucking here. They should all rot in hell

JASON
JASON   : pat shes well stunning .. John: He thinks money can buy any thing and every body and its about time it cought him up. but will proberly worm his way out of it again WITH MONEY

Murdoch bids to save BSkyB deal amid hacking scandal

Media baron Rupert Murdoch Monday fought to keep his bid for satellite broadcaster BSkyB alive after reports that his top executives were aware of the widespread phone-hacking which felled News of the World.

Murdoch flew into London to take personal charge of the scandal that caused the demise of the 168-year-old British tabloid as calls mounted for the government to block his media empire's BSkyB bid.

Murdoch's News Corp. aims to take full control of the broadcaster by acquiring 61 percent of BSkyB that it did not already own.

The deal originally looked set to go through in the coming days, but the government has now suggested that it could be delayed for several months amid the furore.

Labour leader Ed Miliband on Sunday led fresh calls for the proposed deal to be shelved until an ongoing police probe is over and threatened to force a vote in parliament on the issue.

The idea that News Corp. "should be allowed to take over BSkyB, to get that 100 percent stake, without the criminal investigation having been completed... frankly that just won't wash with the public," he told BBC television.

Pressure mounted as the BBC and the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers said a 2007 internal report of News International (NI) -- which News Corp. owns -- revealed "smoking guns" e-mails which showed the full extent of the paper's use of hacking.

This contradicted claims made at the time that the practice was limited to a "rogue reporter".

NI passed on e-mails detailing the report's findings to police last month.

Long-time Murdoch adviser Les Hinton now faces questions over whether he saw the report before he told a parliamentary committee that the practice was isolated, media reports said on Monday.

News of the World had been dogged by allegations of phone hacking for years and recent claims that a murdered girl and the families of dead soldiers were targeted turned the row into a national scandal.

Murdoch meanwhile backed Rebekah Brooks, the under-fire NI chief executive as the pair left his home following crisis talks on Sunday. When asked what his priority was, the tycoon gestured towards Brooks and said: "this one".

The dramatic events of the past week have ramped up the pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron, particularly the arrest on Friday of his ex-media chief Andy Coulson, who edited the News of the World from 2003 to 2007 before working for the prime minister.

The 43-year-old was detained on suspicion of involvement in phone hacking and illegal police payments and has been released on bail until October.

Cameron employed Coulson after he quit the News of the World in 2007, following the jailing of one of the paper's journalists and a private investigator over hacking.

Coulson has always denied wrongdoing, but he was forced to resign as Cameron's director of communications in January this year because of ongoing hacking revelations.

Brooks, a former editor of the News of the World, has also faced calls to quit and will be questioned by police as part of the ongoing investigation, The Times reported Monday.

The tabloid hit the newsstands for the last time Sunday with the headline "Thank You and Goodbye" and an apology for having "lost our way".

Late Saturday, editor Colin Myler led staff out of the News of World's offices in Wapping, east London, after an emotional day preparing the final edition.

"I want to pay tribute to this wonderful team of people here, who, after a really difficult day, have produced in a brilliantly professional way a wonderful newspaper," Myler told reporters outside.

More than 200 staff now face an uncertain future.

The final edition charted the title's finest moments under the banner "World's Greatest Newspaper -- 1843-2011", from investigations by the "Fake Sheikh" to a controversial campaign against paedophiles.

Stocks of the paper ran low at newspaper kiosks on Sunday, despite the final print run having been increased to five million copies to cope with demand, as Britons rushed to buy a souvenir copy.


VICTORIA 
NOTHING in that paper was worth reading. A waste of a cut down tree. The same as the Sun really ... hope that goes the same way. Good riddance.

PB: MS Brookes should not resign,she should stand trial and go to prison if found guilty !!!

ANN: he should be stopped from buying the control of bskyb..he has no shame

Chez: This man will control over 50% of the British media if he is allowed to take over BSKYB!! This is too much power for one unelected man to force his own opinions and agenda on the rest of us.

Zander: Years of titillation and prurience. Sniffing around the odorous parts of odious people. Good riddance.

Alan: Go Home Murdoch. I didn't buy your lousy paper today because there wasn't a free sick bag with it

G: I wonder where the police are, i would suggest Mr Murdoch may have questions to answer too, after all he is the press baron in charge

Curious: I WOULD STAKE MY LIFE ON THE FACT THAT BROOKS WILL BE TOAST as soon as Murdoch realises that burying NOTWT is not enough to get him NOWT now he is here he will understand the utter disgust people have for his empire he will grovell to protect it and if that means BROOKS has to also be sacrificed ..she will... make no mistake this man would KILL HIS GRANNY to keep his empire.

Mal Delamare 
Hopefully its stablemate "The Sun" will go the same way. Sadly political opinion has been formed by readers of this lying rag (see Hillsborough) and the Daily star, Heat magazine and all of the other "celebrity" chip paper . That combined with more people are likely to vote for a tap dancing dog or a big brother wannabe than in a general election is wedging the door open for a right wing coup in this country that is being harder to resist all the time. Dont say you were not warned.

David P: and phone hacking is a criminal offence and people who did it and people who sanctioned it should go to jail.........

Joe: See if you can read this article without thinking of Darth Vader striding though the Death Star and that music. Dum dum dum der der der, der der der...

Catfordken 
the real question here is he man enough to accept responsibility,i very much doubt it,someone will get a large settlement,so he can continue to do as he pleases,running the government for one

Roy: I am not sorry for the News of the world, becuase I don't care about celebrity or WAGs life style!

Blood Hound  
They can and they have deleted all those internal network emails. The FACT that they have lied to police (the non crooked ones) and parliament not so long ago, should be enough for anyone not to trust them or their words. They lie and they lie a lot to cover themselves. I don't even think a public inquiry will lead to much to be honest.  I think if/when it goes to court, they should just default to perjury charges. Murdoch himself should be charged for perverting the course of justice, as it will be him and/or his son who would have ordered the deletion of evidence. I can imagine they are praying for a big national crisis right now.

James: And the purpose of the meeting 
LETS GET OUR STORYS STRAIGHT

MartinH:  has he been arrested yet ? is he not in charge of his businesses and hence responsible, I presume he is happy with the papers management as no one has been sacked

Helena 
I have heard that when the Murdoch men are WALKING, there is a strange ney unnerving black swirling aura around them! They are swiftly shoved into the black limousine that has appeared from nowhere by their security guards ( monkeys) and are whisked away. Anyone who witnesses this macabre scene is rendered dumb as he gazes at scorched paving slabs, a vile smell and sloppy gunk! Be afraid. Be very afraid !

Trevor  
Come on Cameron, stand up and be counted, condem the power that these unelected, gutter scratching media barons have,. Murdoch has far too much power now, he should be allowed not one more share of BSKYB, and brooks should be arrested along with the rest of them.

Naveed  
A global media company who bribes the police, hacks the phones of murdered persons to listen to thier voice mail and then delete some of the voice mails to make room for more voice mails and hacks the pones and emails of soldiers lost in the line of duty ETC ETC ETC, and then certian members of the media company get jobs with the serving government and other high places eg working for David cameron and he himself admitted he wanted the media on his side. all i can say is any self respecting british person should have nothing to do with them stop using thier service and putting money in their pocket. There is only one way to describe them SICK

Catherine C  
I was pleased to see that the 3 shops I went into today had stacks of tnotw on their shelves. I hope not one paper was sold today. I am proud to say I ahve only once bought that paper and I found it to be trash, just like the sun. not a paper but a comic. in my oppinion.

Gib 
Murdochs a crook, a liar and a cheat. Lets face it, he's far too powerful to bring down. What may, may, be done is he may bring down some of the other crooks, liars and cheats in Westminster. Although it's supposed to be a dirty word, I'm a conservative bloke. Not a racist, not a snob, a working class man who's had enough! So if the fall of this rag sends enough shock waves to kill parliament and give us back democracy i'll be a very happy chap

JohnB: I did not feal sorry for the company thousands of other workers making real money for this country have been paid off with companies folding and did murdoch care? easy anwser no.
This guy should be banned from entering this country

Sidekick: :ARREST THAT MAN!!!

Truth 













I hope the meeting was bugged

Firefox2008 
T has been a whispered for years about the management tactics within Murdoch's empire to be toxic, but I think the real question should one organisation control all media in one country? In my opinion, not any more than a Government should own and control all news media of a country, as we can see the result of these in other authoritarian and communist led countries around the world.

The press needs to stay free form Government intervention and corporate conglomerate empires controls, acting in an ethical manner. It is the press duty to make keep us informed of any unethical or inhumane practice in our society and political representatives and not practice these themselves..

NO WAY SHOULD MURDOCH GET ANY MORE OR MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING OF BSKYB!.

BRIAN A  
Go away, you are not welcome here, take your vile companions with you.

Soop 
Murdoch at the least should say sorry to all the people his paper has hacked and consider giving the charity money back to them.
I never read the trash paper N.O.W. so won't miss it.
The advertisers who pulled out shouldnot support the sunon sunday. If that's what it will be called. Infact anybody with half a brain dont buy any of the Murdoch papers give the money you would spend on the papers to charity!!! DO something good to balance the horrendous acts that have gone on.

There now need to be control of the. They obviously can't control themselves.
David Cmeroon still defended his appointment of Andy Coulson. Which unfortunatly show he was controlled by the Murdoch family. And MS Brooke should resign. May be she will become Cameroons new press secretary????joke.

Jimfo 
Murdock is a TURD and his son is a little turd, Rebeka is no more than a skidmark

Mactavish 
Do Americans have to have a visa to enter Britain nowadays? If so send Murdoch back as he is an American and refuse any further visas. He became an American to further some skulduggery in the USA for which only Americans could participate.

TERRY
dont let him get his hands on bskyb

STEPHE
so Murdoch isn't 'throwing innocent people under the bus', unless of course they happen to work in the News of the World, in which case he and Brookes have @#$% on them from a huge height and shown a complete disregard for the loyalty shown by their workforce- 'He who tries his best goes down the road with all the rest'. Show some decency Murdoch and sack this irresponsible arrogant self-promoting @#$%

K  
The British People are speaking out Mr Cameron....we do not want these corrupt people influencing our lives and it is about time you stood up for us the taxpayers of this country. We do not need Murdoch's type of business. Let's hope they haven't been hacking your phones and 
e-mails ahhhh We are all asking ourselves why does the Governement protect these people, Murdoch, brooks, coulson etc...it's a mystery we are all hoping will unravel

Graham 
That scummy rag is only fit fot toilet paper, but more @#$% comes off the print than your @rse.
Glad to see it off the shelves, all thats needed now is for its equally scummy sister rag the sun to follow it into obscurity. Why wasn't murdock refused addmission into the UK for being an unfit person to enter this country.

Susan  
Every department in this country that we rely on, appears to be contaminated; morals are non-existent; money would appear to be the sole objective procurred through whatever means; anything goes. Out of the woodwork, anyone we trust in a position of trust, and whom we believe to be acting for the wellbeing of us all, manages to let us down by having some disreputable or tacky associates ,why? For what means? So many hopes, so many hopes dashed; the ordinary hardworking people of this country just keeps being smacked in the face by all and sundry. On this one occasion, do the right thing and listen to us. Do not complete the contract that Mr Murdoch is desperate to clinch, at least not until the dust has settled after full investigations; don't keep letting us down, do the right and honest thing for once and don't sell this country and its mostly honest citizens down the river. Do we have any morals? Don't let us forget, the Labour Party and its two previous prime ministers have a lot to answer for for what would appear to have gone on behind closed doors, for the state we are in and the damage done which will take years to rectify. Really we should sit back, close our borders to all and sundry and mind our own business till we have made this country one to be proud of. At present hundreds of decent citizens are leaving its shores to find a better life. It's heartbreaking especially if you think how we readily all pulled together after the last war. There's no longer a GREAT in Great Britain. Other countries seem to be laughing behind our backs as they take us to the cleaners. We are here, it would seem for the picking!

Lbrn 
Its sick that murdoch and brooks going around laughing when it involves people who have died . He Obviousley doesnt care as they are British and he is Australian/American

four eyes all we want to know who is the puppet master pulling the stringsMotherhen 
in this web of corruption. and to hell with the whor*e.you came to visit 
all we want is to hear. she has been sacked and arrested.get on with it then pi*s off
to what stone you crawled from under.

Cameron the police & many others are dragging their feet over this I wander if it's to buy time to destroy evidence Why wasn't the place sealed of and guarded to stop these things from happening Murdoch his son & Brooks are ultimately to blame and they have sentenced their staff to the ranks of the unemployed What sentence will they get.I suspect,nothing Something tells me they know to much. Ed.

Valerie 
Ms Brooks should resign, she was the high management back when this was all going on, the Murdoch's must have something in common with her for they have not sacked her. The media must think we are stupid, there is alot more to come out.

Alistair 
murdoch should be arrested his red top floosy as well james the son and cameron 
the sun is trash dont buy it

Motherhen 
murdog flew in to britian to get his story right with the wh*ore
and meet with cameron to scrounge the bskyb deal
cameron calling for brookes to resign,well you do have to be seen to be doing some thing dont you cameron,and make out you are appalled by this fiasco where as you are all 
in on it together.wonder if murdog called cameron while he was here.
brooks=mudrock=cameron.corrupters all in this together.
oh and good riddance to the notw.now the sun next.another scourge of illiterate liars
and cheats.

Phillip: 80 years old and still craving POWER.......sad old man.....oneday soon it will ALL slip through his wrinkled fingers.....POWER wont do him any good on that day !!!

ALBERT 
It is time that Murdoch was shown the door and pulled down a peg or two he has got away with too much power and as for Cameron he is finished the scum bag that he is.

Roger Yates  
the americans want to get a young man from uk for hackin in to one of their sites why dont we do same to murdoch

Izbit 
I'm sorry but is this old man just stupid or what, in his words above.
''But Murdoch has stuck by Brooks. Asked in London what his first priority was, he gestured at her and said: "This one."
Him saying that almost makes it sound like there a couple and he will do any thing to help/protect her.
Sorry but put her in prison for what she has done and keep him away from BskyB.
Murdoch made a comment about not throwing an innocent under a bus well what has he done with all the innocent staff!! tied them up in a row and got a frait train to plow over them all.


C 
This woman Brooks admited that she had paid policemen for information on the news, why is she still not sitting in a prison cell on a charge of corruption. I am sorry for the workers who as usual get it in the neck through no fault of their own, its allways the littleman that suffers in this country. Cameron will let this die down and it will be all forgotton and forgiven that piece of ossie trash will be allowed to get Skyb when he really should spend a couple of years behind bars with his corrupt son. They come from Austrailia and thats where they should be sent back to, we used to get rid of our trash out there and it seems we need to start doing it again

A 
i think miss brooks will not go because she has some damaging info on rupert. and if she goes she will drag rupert with her.

Eileen H  
No paper magnate should have any sway over a government. Shame on Cameron (Coulson, Brooks). MPs of all parties should be putting Cameron in the dock too at Question Time. Hope all this is the downfall of the Murdoch empire. Please, please do not let him have BSkyB

Catherine  
If Mr Murdoch is not throwing innocent people under the bus, why then have 200 of them lost their jobs

James Bond 007 Jr 
Rupert=Bear
Murdoch=?
NOTW=Bins ahoy!
Sun=Shine
Star=Night
The Independant and others=Newspapers to read and knowledge to aquire.
Personally I don't read newspapers anyway. I get my news from watching the television. Or has Mr. Mur-sucks poisoned that too. Darn it Lord, WHY WON'T YOU TAKE THESE FRIGGING SCUMFACES AWAY AND LET NORMAL PEOPLE LIVE?

Ana 
Is he in chains or dining at No. 10 tonight?
"I'm not throwing innocent people under the bus", says Murdoch.
So the drivers, cleaners et al, you know, the ones that weren't journalists or dodgy management, presumably they were behind it all, yes? They tapped into private conversations of the bereaved, they bribed serving coppers, they're the criminal masterminds?
Whereas the person supposedly 'in charge' of the paper at the time of these offences, (who just happens to now be a high-flying NI exec), they had nothing to do with it - of course!
Save it Murdoch - you're a liar, your media around the world are unscrupulous and immoral, and the whole empire you've built since the early 1970s is reeking to high heaven.
Frankly, the sooner you're dead the better.

Worried 
Cameron is weak and undeserving of his current position. He has not shown leadership in this matter. If you can't or won't take decisive action then step aside and allow a stronger person to take charge. We deserve better than this David.

Haug  
We have been,and continue to be, governed by a combination of the media, the banks and the government, with the government being the junior partner. These events are an opportunity to minimise the media's influence and give Cameron/Osborn the guts to tackle the banks, but I am not holding my breath.

Avril  
This isn't the first time this horrible little man has put a lot of newspaper staff out of work. Remember how he killed off Fleet Street, just because they wouldn't go along with his thinking.That's when the rot set in, and the press become stupid, chasing stories that he could "doctor" and aid his power over people in the public eye. I'm sorry to disappoint all who have tried to blame his power on Tony Blair alone, he started his power rise under the Thatcher mob and with their blessing.Remember his stories on Hillsborough?, dirty, stinking, nasty little man, both these before Blairs time,(although he went along with him, shame). He alone has been telling us what to vote for years, and stupid people with no minds of their own have followed his lead. He's an Aussie, with no idea about the British way of life and no regard for it either. Get him out of our country, we don't want him.

Human Being  
he is old and will die soon , she will come to a no good end im sure with the dirt she has on the powers in UK.

The Centurion 
Cameron? 
I honestly think that it's 'watch this space' with him.
Watergate springs to mind....

Justin Case  
Murdoch and Brooks have met, and he survived? Normally, after copulation, the female spider eats the male.








BSKYB must not be allowed to fall into this meglomaniacs hands.Gerry 



 


PB: In the interests of balance I am going to make some positive points about Murdoch both as a business man and human being
1) errrrrmmm
2) I am struggling
3) Nope, sorry I have to give up on that one

David P: 



 


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/last-phone-hack-paper-published-murdoch-heads-uk-001500815.html

News of the World hits newsstands for the last time

Britain's News of the World hit newsstands for the last time on Sunday after being closed amid the phone-hacking scandal, ending 168 years of scoops and scandal with the headline "Thank You and Goodbye."

In a full-page editorial, Britain's top-selling weekly newspaper apologised to readers for the long-running hacking controversy, saying: "Quite simply, we lost our way."

But the row is far from over, and as owner Rupert Murdoch headed to London to take personal charge of the crisis, it was reported that police would soon be questioning his top British executive, Rebekah Brooks.

And amid mounting criticism of the police's failure to fully investigate the hacking earlier, the senior officer who decided not to reopen the probe in 2009 expressed regret.

Late Saturday, News of the World editor Colin Myler led staff out of its offices in Wapping, east London, after an emotional day preparing the final edition.

"I want to pay tribute to this wonderful team of people here, who, after a really difficult day, have produced in a brilliantly professional way a wonderful newspaper," Myler told reporters outside.

More than 200 staff now face an uncertain future after Murdoch's shock decision on Thursday to axe the paper, and while Myler's comments sparked cheers, some people were in tears.

He held up the final front page, a montage of some of the paper's best-known splashes and a message saying: "After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5 million loyal readers."

Inside, he charted the paper's finest moments under the banner "World's Greatest Newspaper -- 1843-2011", from investigations by the "Fake Sheikh" to a controversial campaign against paedophiles.

But the editorial also admitted that for a few years up to 2006, some of its employees had fallen "shamefully short" of the standards it sought to uphold.

"Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry," it said.

Despite public anger over the hacking, Britons were snapping up the final copy of the paper as a souvenir.

The usual print run was doubled to five million copies, and sales of first editions were brisk. "I sold 50 in the first five minutes," one vendor in central London told AFP.

Murdoch was due to arrive in Britain on Sunday, a source at his News Corp. said, to take charge of the crisis which has threatened to contaminate other parts of his media empire.

The British government is due to decide soon on News Corp.'s controversial bid to take full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, but opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will reportedly try to hold a vote in parliament this week to suspend the deal.

The police failure to act earlier over the scandal has been strongly criticised and Scotland Yard assistant commissioner John Yates, who decided two years ago not to reopen the hacking probe due to a lack of evidence, expressed regret.

"We are extremely shocked by it and it is a matter of massive regret we didn't deal with it earlier," he told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

He admitted that the scandal had tainted the reputation of London's Metropolitan Police, saying it had been a "very damaging episode for us and we have got to work hard to rebuild the trust in the Met."

Murdoch may also need to step in to defend Brooks, the chief executive of his British newspaper division, News International.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that police wanted to question Brooks over what she knew about phone hacking and alleged illegal payments to police while she was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003.

She has always denied wrongdoing and Murdoch has strongly backed her.

Her successor as editor, Andy Coulson, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of involvement in phone hacking and illegal police payments.

His arrest put pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron, who employed Coulson after he quit the News of the World in 2007, following the jailing of one of the paper's journalists and a private investigator over hacking.

Coulson has always denied wrongdoing, but he was forced to resign as Cameron's director of communications in January this year because of ongoing revelations. After his arrest on Friday, he was bailed until October.

The "Screws", as the News of the World is affectionately known, made its name with sensational scoops about sex, crime and celebrities.

But it has been dogged by allegations of phone hacking for years and claims this week that a murdered girl and the families of dead soldiers were targeted turned the row into a national scandal.


Murdoch to fly to Britain over phone-hack crisis

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch was set to fly to London to tackle a scandal engulfing his media empire while journalists prepared the last edition of the best-selling Sunday paper they say he has sacrificed to protect plans to expand his television business.

Meanwhile British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to speed up an inquiry into the allegations of widespread voicemail-hacking, which could jeopardize News Corp's plan to take over the British broadcaster BSkyB.

The scandal has raised questions about relations between politicians, including Cameron -- who hired a former editor of the paper as his spin doctor -- and powerful media owners such as Murdoch, 80.

It has also brought to light accusations that journalists working for Murdoch and others paid police for information.

The front-page headline on Sunday's final edition of the 168-year-old News of the World, best known for its lurid stories of wrongdoing and the sexual misdemeanors of celebrities, said simply "Thank You & Goodbye."

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the left-leaning Guardian newspaper, which has led the way in uncovering the scandal, said in a video on the Guardian's web page:

"We've had both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition making the kind of statements that a week ago would have seemed suicidal for politicians, essentially conceding they had turned a blind eye to the abuse of press power because they wanted to keep in with RupertMurdoch."

Murdoch, who made the News of the World his first British newspaper acquisition in 1969, told Reuters he expected to leave for London on Saturday afternoon or Sunday and was not planning any management changes as a result of the crisis.

"We've been let down by people that we trusted, with the result the paper let down its readers," the News Corp chief executive said as he left a media conference in Idaho. He earlier said closing the paper was a "collective decision."

SHARES

News Corp, whose shares fell more than 5 percent in New York last week, declined to comment on Murdoch's agenda while in London.

Neither Cameron's Downing Street office nor the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plan to speak to him during the visit, spokespeople said. Police declined to comment on whether they would try to speak to him.

Analyst Claire Enders said News Corp was vulnerable. "As a business crisis, it is immense," she told Reuters.

Cameron's opponents have scented an opportunity in their efforts to block Murdoch's $14 billion bid for the 61 percent of the broadcaster BSkyB that News Corp does not already own on the grounds it would give him too much political clout.

Allegations that senior editors were involved in illegally accessing thousands of voicemail messages, and paying police for information, to get scoops, have now prompted many to ask whether Murdoch's group is a "fit and proper" owner for BSkyB.

Cameron indicated a new assertiveness toward the Murdoch empire by withholding overt endorsement of News Corp's bid for BSkyB on Friday.

After years of allegations about hacking the voicemail of celebrities and politicians, the scandal reached a tipping point this week when it was alleged that in 2002 the paper had listened to the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a missing schoolgirl who was later found murdered, and even deleted some of her messages to make room for more.

That claim, and allegations that a growing list of victims included relatives of Britain's war dead and of those killed in the 2005 London transport bombings, outraged readers and caused many firms to pull advertising.

"TOXIC"

News International chief Rebekah Brooks, 43, indicated that more revelations may emerge in comments to News of the World staff on Friday, a day after telling them the 168-year-old newspaper had become "toxic" and would be shut.

"Eventually it will come out why things went wrong and who is responsible. That will be another very difficult moment in this company's history," Brooks said on Friday, according to a recording carried by Sky News.

Murdoch has brushed off calls for Brooks to resign due to her editorship of News of the World at a time when many of the alleged hacking incidents were taking place.

She denies knowing of the practice during her watch on the paper, which commands Britain's highest Sunday readership with its gossip pages, campaigns and photos of scantily clad women.

He said on Saturday she had his "total" support. "I'm not throwing innocent people under the bus," Murdoch added.

Asked if he planned any management shifts, such as changing the responsibilities for son and heir apparent James Murdoch, he said "No." "Nothing's changed," he told reporters.

Cameron, a friend and neighbor of Brooks, joined calls for her to step down on Friday at a news conference where he admitted that politicians had been in thrall to media for years, and ordered a public inquiry.

The prime minister's close links with those at the heart of the scandal mean he too has been damaged by it but analysts say that, with probably nearly four years until a parliamentary election, he is unlikely to be sunk by it.

The Guardian said police were investigating evidence that a News International executive may have deleted millions of emails from an internal archive in an attempt to hamper investigations.

The News International spokeswoman said the allegation was "rubbish," adding: "We are cooperating actively with police and have not destroyed evidence."

Journalists working on Sunday's last edition of the News of the World, with a splash of previous cover stories topped with the headline "Thank You & Goodbye," said they had been made scapegoats to protect News Corp's expansion in television.

"There are 280 journalists there who have absolutely nothing to do with the things that may have gone on many, many years in the past," chief subeditor Alan Edwards told the BBC.

Reporters said it would print 5 million copies, 2 million more than normal, and the profits would go to charity.

British police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the former spokesman for Cameron who had resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after one of his reporters and a private investigator were convicted of hacking into the phones of aides to the royal family.

Coulson has also said he knew nothing about the phone hacking.

A spokesman for Cameron said he was moving as quickly as possible on the inquiry. "We have already approached the Lord Chief Justice, who will propose the judge," the spokesman said.

(Additional reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Kate Holton, Georgina Prodhan, Jodie Ginsberg in London and Sarah McBride in Sun Valley, Idaho; Writing by Philippa Fletcher and Alison Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

News of the World employee Francine Packer brings tea and coffee to reporters waiting outside News International headquartes in London

News of the World employee Francine Packer brings tea and coffee to reporters waiting 


  • News of the World employee Francine Packer brings tea and coffee to reporters waiting outside News International headquartes in London

    News of the World employee Francine Packer brings tea and coffee to reporters waiting …

  • News of the World Chief sub-editor, Alan Edwards, speaks to the media outside the News International headquarters in London

    News of the World Chief sub-editor, Alan Edwards, speaks to the media outside the …


    G 

    'politicians' colluding with 'newspapers'?
    'newspapers' colluding with 'politicians'!
    IM SHOCKED, DO YOU HEAR SHOCKED!!!!

    TheGriffin 
    Celebrity tabloids should be illegal. They are doing nothing but dumbing down to society to worship the most vain and narcisstic pieces of flesh on the planet. They don't report real news and they live off the misfortune of other people's lives. For shame.

    and at the same time, we also... More

    Danton 
    An auspicious beginning.Jail the %%%$%%$# and waterboard Murdoch.

    Dd593 
    It's time that all "news" networks in the U.S. got honest about what they really are. Not news but "Entertainment". Every single "newscaster" on radio or television is a card carrying member of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) or SAG (Screen Actors Guild).
    They all... More

    Robo 
    Once regultors dig into this, it is not unlikely that we will see violations of GAAP, FCPA, SEC, tax, privacy, etc. rules and regulations... this stupid act on the part of management will dog, and, perhaps, be the end of the Murdoch crew.

Jo 
Rupert Murdoch's embattled son could face criminal charges in US and UK after he acknowledged approving out of court settlements to hacking victims and admitted misleading parliament. Allegations that News of the World journalists also made payments to police officers could also leave Mr Murdoch... More

JAMES A.
a nice creative way to get rid of a dying newspaper.

James M
I just went to the FOX News site, and had trouble finding anything on this. Every other news site has a story on the home page, but at Fox you have to go to world news,then scroll down the page and there's a little box with a story about Murdoch shuts down news of the world.

Pa
Don't think for ONE MINUTE this is the end of Rupert Murdoch. Thank god he's standing up against all the rotten liberal press, the lies and propaganda perpetrated by CBS, NBS and ABS and CNN. God Bless Rupert Murdoch! He will keep us safe from the liberal propaganda machine!

Whitneymuse 
Someone who's an adult better take charge; it's obviously not working out with the current management team. A public stance must be made. Sacrificing the men and women of the World is not focused.

Anatolepushkin 
The old man Murdoch was in the US when those scoundrels sold his News of the World to the politicians like David Cameron. All the bucks should stop right at Cameron's desk because the hacker worked as his spokesman. That must be the reason why he hired him as spokesman in the first place.

Derek S 
Murdoch shuts down a 168 year old newspaper on a whim just to save his media deal? Do the British really think such a person deserves to own and operate this BSkyB company? He has shown that he cares nothing about the companies he owns or the people who work there or the millions of people who... More

MG
I'm sure he'll try to turn this into a left wing conspiracy. What a sleeze bag and if you don't think trash Fox news does the same thing your nuts. Dummy me I used try and fact check the news and Fox News Tells so many lies I didn't have the time anymore. They and the Republicans try to claim they... More

KennethE
See, that's the difference between conservative business and liberal governments. In business, if you screw up, you're gone. The whole darn publication. In liberal government, if you screw up, you point fingers and get re-elected.


The Truth
Having worked in corporate America for over 30 years, underlings DO NOT MAKE DECISION effecting corporate strategy. The Owner, CEO, Board of directors are the rootcause to this evil. Believe me its a top-down process and these types of illegal actions are directed by those at the top. Countless... More

MikeyZ 
Yeah, Rupert. Tell us again how you didn't know..

Smith 
when will people realize that Murdoch's companies ARE the mainstream media? this isnt some scrappy liitle rebel media group, its a multinational, propaganda spewing monopoly!

SFMUSIC 
Still no emphasis on Murdoch's ownership in Fox News?

HMichaelH 
With all his money and power, he still could not stop time. He is an old, decrepit man who looks frail and unhealthy. Time has robbed him of his youth, and all his fortune can't change that!






liz

Brooks should go. It doesn't matter if she didn't know, that demonstrates her lack of leadership and she was editor when the Millie Dowler hacking happened and as the editor the buck stops with her. Every time she says she doesn't know makes her look weaker and less executive material. The other... More





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