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Old 07-07-2011, 01:18 PM
News of the World Ends

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7664UW20110707

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James Murdoch, chairman of News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corporation, has announced the group will close its embattled tabloid publication, News of the World.

In a statement, Murdoch said this Sunday's issue would be the paper's last.

The following is his full statement, made to staff on Thursday:

"I have important things to say about the News of the World and the steps we are taking to address the very serious problems that have occurred.

It is only right that you as colleagues at News International are first to hear what I have to say and that you hear it directly from me. So thank you very much for coming here and listening.

You do not need to be told that The News of the World is 168 years old. That it is read by more people than any other English language newspaper. That it has enjoyed support from Britain's largest advertisers. And that it has a proud history of fighting crime, exposing wrong-doing and regularly setting the news agenda for the nation.

When I tell people why I am proud to be part of News Corporation, I say that our commitment to journalism and a free press is one of the things that sets us apart. Your work is a credit to this.

The good things the News of the World does, however, have been sullied by behavior that was wrong. Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our Company.

The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.

In 2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or legitimate purpose.

Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.

As a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter. We now have voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences.

This was not the only fault.

The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.

The Company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret.

Currently, there are two major and ongoing police investigations. We are cooperating fully and actively with both. You know that it was News International who voluntarily brought evidence that led to opening Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. This full cooperation will continue until the Police's work is done.

We have also admitted liability in civil cases. Already, we have settled a number of prominent cases and set up a Compensation Scheme, with cases to be adjudicated by former High Court judge Sir Charles Gray. Apologizing and making amends is the right thing to do.

Inside the Company, we set up a Management and Standards Committee that is working on these issues and that has hired Olswang to examine past failings and recommend systems and practices that over time should become standards for the industry. We have committed to publishing Olswang's terms of reference and eventual recommendations in a way that is open and transparent.

We have welcomed broad public inquiries into press standards and police practices and will cooperate with them fully.

So, just as I acknowledge we have made mistakes, I hope you and everyone inside and outside the Company will acknowledge that we are doing our utmost to fix them, atone for them, and make sure they never happen again.

Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper.

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.

While we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we receive this weekend to go to organizations - many of whom are long-term friends and partners - that improve life in Britain and are devoted to treating others with dignity.

We will run no commercial advertisements this weekend. Any advertising space in this last edition will be donated to causes and charities that wish to expose their good works to our millions of readers.

These are strong measures. They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing to do.

Many of you, if not the vast majority of you, are either new to the Company or have had no connection to the News of the World during the years when egregious behavior occurred.

I can understand how unfair these decisions may feel. Particularly, for colleagues who will leave the Company. Of course, we will communicate next steps in detail and begin appropriate consultations.

You may see these changes as a price loyal staff at the News of the World are paying for the transgressions of others. So please hear me when I say that your good work is a credit to journalism. I do not want the legitimacy of what you do to be compromised by acts of others. I want all journalism at News International to be beyond reproach. I insist that this organization lives up to the standard of behavior we expect of others. And, finally, I want you all to know that it is critical that the integrity of every journalist who has played fairly is restored.

Thank you for listening."
Rest.In.Piss

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:27 PM
Fucking nice one.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:57 PM
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That it is read by more people than any other English language newspaper.
What.

Wiki says otherwise here, with most recent NOTW figure here (~2.8 million).

Can anyone verify that?
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:12 PM
This may be the end of the NOTW as a name, but it will be replaced with the equivalent shite that is The Sun. This is just for the bosses to save face and brush the recent shit under the carpet, it hasn't achieved anything.
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:29 PM
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What.

Wiki says otherwise here, with most recent NOTW figure here (~2.8 million).

Can anyone verify that?


Not sure how it runs on your side of the ocean, but could "read" include people standing in line waiting to buy groceries? I'd heard one time that our tabloids have a large part of their readership from just that. So sales ≠ readership.
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:35 PM
True. @ Heisenberg.

Ah well. Not having to look at the front cover of NOTW will be the achievement.

The individuals responsible for the hacking will still undergo investigation. Once the dust settles, the Murdoch's are unlikely to be hurt. The only necks on the chopping block are Coulson and Brooks/Wade.

Question Time should be interesting.

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Old 07-07-2011, 05:40 PM
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the Murdoch's are unlikely to be hurt.
Boooo. Someone go out of their way to hurt them. Like... steal their light bulbs so they have to walk around in the dark for a moment and stub their toes. Yeah!
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:39 PM
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Not sure how it runs on your side of the ocean, but could "read" include people standing in line waiting to buy groceries? I'd heard one time that our tabloids have a large part of their readership from just that. So sales ≠ readership.
To clarify, I'm on the left side of the pond. But indeed, I hadn't even considered newsstand sales. I imagine that the gossip rags all get the enormous bulk of their sales from mommies waiting in line at the grocery.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:42 PM
Well...The Atlantic brings up a "clever" theory about what may possibly be the actual reason for why News Corp shut the tabloid down.
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According to British media law star Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent (whom The Times of London has dubbed “Mr Media”), Rupert Murdoch’s soon-to-be shuttered tabloid may not be obliged to retain documents that could be relevant to civil and criminal claims against the newspaper--even in cases that are already underway. That could mean that dozens of sports, media, and political celebrities who claim News of the World hacked into their telephone accounts won’t be able to find out exactly what the tabloid knew and how it got the information.

News of the World is to be liquidated, Stephens told Reuters, it “is a stroke of genius--perhaps evil genius.”

Under British law, Stephens explained, all of the assets of the shuttered newspaper, including its records, will be transferred to a professional liquidator (such as a global accounting firm). The liquidator’s obligation is to maximize the estate’s assets and minimize its liabilities.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:51 AM
The BBC World News Service is like a broken record. All day long they go on about "evil" Rebekah Brooks, despite the fact she's not as yet been found guilty of any crime.

Anyone would think that the Beeb were a biased, corporate rival to News Corp.

Here's hoping that once the dust settles on the News of the World scandal, other media outlets are equally scrutinised.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:21 PM
She called Gordon Brown to tell him they found out his son had cystic fibrosis and tried to convince him to let them run the story first before he'd make an announcement.

Get mad at the BBC coverage all you want but court case or not she's pretty evil.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:28 PM
Actually wait, no evidence? Why don't you watch Rebekah Brooks saying that she bribed police officers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1AJjnl2y8U
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:10 PM
"we have paid the police for information in the past"

She's speaking on behalf of News of the World. There's no admittance of her involvement.

Possibly she did pay the police for information, and maybe other journalists from all media outlets have done the same.

Where do you believe information comes from for news stories?

This side of the scandal doesn't interest me. I'm more focused on the hackings, specifically the deleting of Milly Dowler's text messages, the interference of a police investigation.

As yet, nobody has been convicted of such crimes.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:27 PM
OJ is innocent you guys.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:50 PM
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OJ is innocent you guys.
Lol.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:19 PM
The BBC world news service, rivals to News Corp, are analysing the committee with a nervous laughter. Its interesting to see. The committee is clearly not unravelling the way the BBC world news service had hoped.

Its also interesting to see the difference between the fact based committee and the hysterical bias of a media orchestrated kangaroo court. It further highlights the need for regulations to identify and prevent the biased, unsubstantive journalism and hysterical scaremongering that exist across the industry in Britain, including News Corp's media outlets.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:19 PM

I agree, the so-called inquiry into the Fox News Corp hacking scandal should
also extend to other Major Global Media outlets.
Mr.Murdoch: He personifies evil, i.e.-the DarkLord in "Return of the Jedi", who
presides over (& influencing psychologically) the climax of the Battle between
Luke & his Father (Darth Vader). Wonder if Anthony Hopkins would be ideal
to cast as the Ruthless Media Baron? Anyone that has suggestions should
post it in the Status Update section of MFC & is welcome to "invite" me as
their Friend.
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