Monday, July 11, 2011

News of The World says Good Bye after 168 years

With a headline 'Thank You and Goodbye', Britain's best-selling newspaper News of the World ended its 168-year-old history when it hit the newsstands for the last time on Saturday.

Underneath the headline, there was a smaller print that read: "After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5 million loyal readers."

The front page was full of some of the paper's most famous front pages. In addition to the usual fare of celebrity gossip, showbiz and other news, the inside pages contained several nostalgic editorials telling about its successes over the years. The only adverts the last issue carried were for charities, Reuters reported.

It was on Thursday, when the owners of News of the World decided to close the title due to mounting criticism of its newsgathering techniques. The parent company, headed by Rupert Murdoch, was hit by claims of illegal hacking into the voicemails of stars, royals, families of soldiers killed in combat and a kidnapped girl later found murdered.

Murdoch headed to London this weekend in a bid to control the fallout, fearing that the scandal could harm his bid to buy British broadcaster BSkyB.

Meanwhile, the staff members, who are losing their jobs, have voiced anger saying that the owners sacrificed them to save the BSkyB deal.

Colin Myler, editor of the News of The World, holds up a copy of the last edition of the newspaper outside the newspaper's office in Wapping, east London July 9, 2011. No scandal, no royal drug bust, no shock revelation of match fixing. In what must be one of the lowest-key headlines in News of the World's 168-year history, Sunday's last ever newspaper simply read "Thank You & Goodbye". Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp which owns News of the World as well as the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, flies to London this weekend to try to contain the fallout of a phone-hack crisis, fearing it could jeopardise his bid to buy British broadcaster BSkyB.

The last edition of News of the World newspaper goes on sale alongside other British Sunday newspapers in London July 9, 2011. The final edition of the newspaper engulfed in a phone-hacking scandal was published on Sunday as Rupert Murdoch headed to London to try to save the bigger prize of his takeover of the British broadcaster BSkyB

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