The New York Times just reported that The News of the World newspaper is to be shut down after a final ad-free Sunday copy this upcoming weekend. According to press accounts, News Corp.’s The News of the World has been under police probe over the hacking of many celebrities’ and politicians’ telephones. In 2007, World investigators were sentenced to prison for intercepting messages of the Royal Family. The confiscated notebooks of these investigators have provided information and evidence for these phone hackings and more.
Recently, the World allegedly had been intercepting and deleting messages from the voicemail of Milly Dower, a British girl who was kidnapped and murdered in 2002. Additional allegations include paying off the police, lying to the British Parliament, and interfering with a murder investigation.
British leaders have been pushing for the government to delay News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB. Reportedly, Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that News Corp. will have to prove it is “fit and proper” for a broadcast license before the acquisition of BSkyB. Murdoch has claimed his company will be “fully and proactively” cooperating with the police investigation.
Priya Amin contributed to this post.