Friday, 8 July 2011

It’s the ‘End of the World’

It’s a news story that you can’t possibly have missed. Yesterday was a historic day in the world of media. It is officially the end of the News of the World.

It was announced, that after 168 years, this Sunday, 10th July will see the last edition of the News of the World.
With so much controversy surrounding the paper due to its phone hacking scandal, I think we all suspected some sort of announcement, whether it be an apology or arrest, however the news that Rupert Murdoch took such drastic measures to cease publication shocked us all.

It also emerged yesterday that more than 4,000 victims may have been targeted, including murder victim Millie Dowler and families of the 7/7 victims. Something that ex-editor, Andy Coulson (and possibly Rebekah Brooks) will be arrested for today. What they did was, as Rupert Murdoch said himself ‘deplorable’ and can be in no way, shape or form be condoned.

With advertisers such as Ford and Virgin pulling out left right and centre, all support and respect for the paper had diminished and it seemed that closing this sinking ship was the only option. In James Murdoch’s statement, he said ‘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 organisations - 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’. Whilst this is all well and good, it will never compensate for the damage the company has caused to so many lives.
The people I feel most for are both the victims of the phone hacking and the innocent employees of the News of the World, all of whom have been innocently punished for other people’s unacceptable actions. Let’s hope this is the end of the revelations that come out of the police investigation. But what’s next for News International? There’s already speculation that there will be ‘The Sunday Sun’, with the domain name and Twitter account being registered as early as Tuesday. Watch this space…..

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