News of the World to Close Amid Hacking Scandal
Rupert Murdoch is shutting down his U.K.-based tabloid News of the World following allegations that the newspaper hacked into the phones of relatives and families of soldiers killed in action and missing children, among others.
James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. CEO for Europe and Asia, announced on Thursday that News of the World will be closed after this coming Sunday’s edition. “The good things the News of the World does … 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 younger Murdoch said, according to Reuters. “This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World … In addition, I have decided that all of the News of the World’s revenue this weekend will go to good causes.”
The announcement came amid renewed interest regarding the British tabloid’s hacking of phone lines. The controversy has been going on for years, but came to the fore this month following allegations that News of the World hacked into voicemails of murder victim Milly Dowler, who was killed in 2002.