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    News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    BBC News - News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    This Sunday's issue of the News of the World will be the last edition of the paper, News International chairman James Murdoch has said.
    This took under a week.

    Some back ground.

    The basics of the case was that News of the World journalists hired a private investigator in 2001 and onwards to hack the voice mails and phones of "famous people". It started when the Royal family got the police involved after they suspected someone had been bugging/hacking their mobile phones. This has been know for a while and the journalist and private investigator have been convicted of it some time ago after a police investigation.

    However there has always been criticism of the investigation and a suspicion it was not on a few that had their phones hacked but in fact many. The other news papers but especially The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian continued to look into the case and over the years the names of the famous people who had been hacked came out. They included the actress Siena Miller, British politicians and so on and so on.

    But the "crapper hit the fan" under a week ago, when it came out that the phone of missing child Milly Dowler had been hacked by the very same private investigator and that he even deleted voice mails during the investigation, making the family and police think she was still alive. Then it came out other missing girls/boys phones were hacked, and then it really started to snowball with revelations that the families of victims of 7/7 terror attacks in London might have been hacked and then yesterday the worst of all came out.... the phones of families of service men lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Now the attacks against News of the World did not stop here, but continued up the corporate ladder and is still going on, since the editor of the News of the World at the time of the hacking, is now the CEO of NewsCorp International and a very personal friend of the sitting Prime Minister. Also one of those now seriously implicated in the case, is the former spin doctor and right hand man of... the present Prime Minister.

    Companies have pulled pretty much all advertising over the last two days, with only NewsCorp semi owned Sky saying they would not pull their ads.

    So today, Murdoch Jr. pulled the plug on a 168 year old newspaper in the hope that the scandal will not pull down NewsCorp it self... Daddy Murdoch still backs the editor now CEO of News International... as does the Prime Minister... and every one is denying that they knew about the hacking... since when does an Editor not know what is going on in his/her newspaper?

    Oh and it is also now a fact that the News of the World paid police officers for information, which of course means even more police investigations. Lets hope they do a better job this time around...

    And in all this, NewsCorp has been trying to buy 100% of Sky (Satellite operator in the UK and major News outlet), which now is under review after massive pressure despite the Cameron government signing off on it .. well pretty much.

    And to show how bad it is with NewsCorp.... the Sun, another Murdoch tabloid, did not mention a word of the scandal today in its newspaper...The Times did though.

    The consequences for Murdoch in the UK can be huge... he sits on a huge portion of the media as it is, but this scandal has the possibility to tear the whole thing apart.

    Much much more to come... and if I were Murdoch, I would be very afraid about going to the UK any time soon.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

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    This took under a week.

    Some back ground.

    The basics of the case was that News of the World journalists hired a private investigator in 2001 and onwards to hack the voice mails and phones of "famous people". It started when the Royal family got the police involved after they suspected someone had been bugging/hacking their mobile phones. This has been know for a while and the journalist and private investigator have been convicted of it some time ago after a police investigation.

    However there has always been criticism of the investigation and a suspicion it was not on a few that had their phones hacked but in fact many. The other news papers but especially The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian continued to look into the case and over the years the names of the famous people who had been hacked came out. They included the actress Siena Miller, British politicians and so on and so on.

    But the "crapper hit the fan" under a week ago, when it came out that the phone of missing child Milly Dowler had been hacked by the very same private investigator and that he even deleted voice mails during the investigation, making the family and police think she was still alive. Then it came out other missing girls/boys phones were hacked, and then it really started to snowball with revelations that the families of victims of 7/7 terror attacks in London might have been hacked and then yesterday the worst of all came out.... the phones of families of service men lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Now the attacks against News of the World did not stop here, but continued up the corporate ladder and is still going on, since the editor of the News of the World at the time of the hacking, is now the CEO of NewsCorp International and a very personal friend of the sitting Prime Minister. Also one of those now seriously implicated in the case, is the former spin doctor and right hand man of... the present Prime Minister.

    Companies have pulled pretty much all advertising over the last two days, with only NewsCorp semi owned Sky saying they would not pull their ads.

    So today, Murdoch Jr. pulled the plug on a 168 year old newspaper in the hope that the scandal will not pull down NewsCorp it self... Daddy Murdoch still backs the editor now CEO of News International... as does the Prime Minister... and every one is denying that they knew about the hacking... since when does an Editor not know what is going on in his/her newspaper?

    Oh and it is also now a fact that the News of the World paid police officers for information, which of course means even more police investigations. Lets hope they do a better job this time around...

    And in all this, NewsCorp has been trying to buy 100% of Sky (Satellite operator in the UK and major News outlet), which now is under review after massive pressure despite the Cameron government signing off on it .. well pretty much.

    And to show how bad it is with NewsCorp.... the Sun, another Murdoch tabloid, did not mention a word of the scandal today in its newspaper...The Times did though.

    The consequences for Murdoch in the UK can be huge... he sits on a huge portion of the media as it is, but this scandal has the possibility to tear the whole thing apart.

    Much much more to come... and if I were Murdoch, I would be very afraid about going to the UK any time soon.
    Unbelievable story. Clearly News Intl. have realised that they can no longer be sweeping everything under the carpet and to turn the NotW into the Sun on Sunday (The Sunday Sun is a non-starter as a paper of that name already exists) is the only option. I don't think it is as cataclysmic as it appears, but it is pretty bad to News Intl. I'm pretty sure the ramifications for Cameron will be well controlled. A couple more heads will roll and I'd be delighted if the odious Rebekah Wade walks, but don't hold your breath; she knows where Murdoch and Cameron buries the bodies.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Amazing how fast a News Paper can crash and burn over doing some really stupid moves.

    Credibility is still very important to some but not so much to others.

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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Amazing how fast a News Paper can crash and burn over doing some really stupid moves.

    Credibility is still very important to some but not so much to others.
    They are making it sound much, much more drastic that it really is. I doubt the entire paper will close down, it will just change its name, a couple of key editorial seats and reorganise the staff. News Intl. know how to make a big propaganda splash when they need to.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Amazing how fast a News Paper can crash and burn over doing some really stupid moves.

    Credibility is still very important to some but not so much to others.
    Actually it is not only Newspapers that can crash and burn that fast.... any media outlet can do so... all depends on the stupid moves.

    How long do you think that CNN would survive if the public learned that the phones of family members of dead US soldiers had been hacked, along with every family member of a 9/11 victim and of course the random celebrity and murdered child...

    The real issue is if NewsCorp can survive since the comments coming out as I write this, clearly shows the scandal is not over and people are gunning for NewsCorp. One Times journalists, another NewsCorp newspaper that so far has nothing what so ever to do with this scandal, was called rather abusive names in the street by random people... so we shall see.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    They are making it sound much, much more drastic that it really is. I doubt the entire paper will close down, it will just change its name, a couple of key editorial seats and reorganise the staff. News Intl. know how to make a big propaganda splash when they need to.
    Yes that is the sceptical view of many in the UK media at the moment and considering NewsCorp history. BBC just broke the news that the web domains "The Sunday Sun" and "The Sun on Sunday" were registered.... 2 days ago....

    Question is if the public will accept a re-branding or not... I dont think they will to be honest. The Sun should know this.. it still does not sell anything in Liverpool after the Hillsbourgh fiasco over 20 years ago.
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    There has to be a plan b, since the distinctly downmarket NotW subsidises the Times and Sunday Times which are the upscale lossmakers in the News International UK stable.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    There has to be a plan b, since the distinctly downmarket NotW subsidises the Times and Sunday Times which are the upscale lossmakers in the News International UK stable.
    Yes... News of the World was the biggest news paper per circulation on Sundays by far... and highly profitable.

    Plan B is making the Sun on Sunday.. but question is if the public will accept that.... they are pretty pissed at NewsCorp and the Murdochs atm, plus I heard on the news that the Sun journalists and workers went on strike in sympathy over how the News of the World people were fired.
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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    The BBC should be next.

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    Re: News of the World to close amid hacking scandal

    Andy Coulson might well be arrested tomorrow. He signed off on the payments while denying all knowledge under oath. Cameron can't backpedal away from his pals fast enough to not be tainted by this
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