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Today was a proud, proud day in the world of journalism for so many reasons, but the one posterity will remember is the closure of Britain’s News of the World Sunday newspaper after 168 years of proud dedication to the art of photographing tits and drunk celebrities outside London nightclubs.

All 200+ staff at the London office have been laid off (those in the Dublin office technically they’ve been given 90 days “gardening leave”) and the NotW will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the equally upstanding Sun newspaper. Presumably some of the staff will be redeployed, but certainly not all, and many fine journalists will find themselves out of work while former editor Rebekah Brooks keeps her post at News International.

People say it’s difficult to have much sympathy for News of the World journalists, and to a point it’s true, but beneath the sickening phone-hacking scandal and the brain-deadening “social diaries” there was an excellent team of sports journalists, sub-editors and administrative staff who face an uncertain future while their sleazy overlords scramble to preserve their own reptilian skins. Still, nobody likes a tabloid hack and, for that alone, we give to you The Wildhearts and ‘News of the World’ from their epic 1994 album Earth vs. the Wildhearts.





Spare
07.08.11
love that album

Satellite
07.08.11
so what led to this?

Satellite
07.08.11
nvm. for any curious/equally dum 'mericans....

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_PHONE_HACKING?SITE=FLTAM

dimsim3478
07.08.11
I saw this on the Wikipedia news.

porch
07.08.11
yeah good riddance

Sanders
07.08.11
Quite a few careers potentially ruined as a result of an empty gesture by the News of the World. Doesn't tackle the problem, unfortunately!

fish.
07.08.11
I hope News International collapse

defjaw83
07.08.11
"I hope News International collapse"

Will never happen. They're gonna take over BskyB, then the world.

fish.
07.08.11
Yeah but at least Rupert Murdoch is almost dead

fish.
07.08.11
"Feel sad for those who are going to be jobless"
I don't

TheStarclassicTreatment
07.09.11
"I don't"

Why? Do you even understand what has happened at all?!

Titan50
07.09.11
Good

fish.
07.09.11
Anyone who works for a tabloid can fuck off

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