One part of me figured I would be tainted by it and yet another voice whispered, “Yes, but this is a historic event. A national institution commiting suicide.”
That’s what it is, of course — a red top topping itself. I’ve seen newspapers disappear before, but always because they didn’t have enough readers or advertising revenue to be viable. The Daily Sketch in 1971, Today in 1995 and the short-lived North West Enquirer in 2006, but NoW is the best selling paper in the UK.
In the end, I decided that I would buy a copy if there were any left — it was late as I said. And I thought the decision had been made for me when there were no copies on shelf, then I turned round and saw two stacks about two feet deep next to the counter and a similar quantity by the door. So I confess, I bought a copy which I shall put away somewhere unread.
There is much speculation that Murdoch has a plan B to replace it with a Sunday version of The Sun, yet it still seems a drastic step to end 168 years of publishing just like that. You wonder how much dirt Rebekah Brooks must have on the company to survive when NoW was thrown away.
In the interview below, Rupert Murdoch says he refuses to throw “innocent people under the bus”. That would be the News of the World bus his son and Rebekah Brooks have just pushed over a cliff with several hundred News International employees on board?
Still, good to know that the crossword compilers had the last laugh.