In this video, Sky News review the last ever edition of the News of the World.
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Joining the respected Stephen Dixon was David Wooding, News of the World's now ex-political editor & the Peoples political editor Nigel Nelson.
The final edition of the News Of The World, which was 72 pages long with a 48-page pullout, had a print run of five million with an anticipation of huge demand.
In a full-page editorial on page three, the paper covered its history and what it set out to achieve.
While highlighting its triumphs, it also included an apology for hacking phones, telling readers:
"We praised high standards, we demanded high standards. But, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards. Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry."
Too little, too late.
In a pathetic attempt to appease the likes of OFCOM for the up & coming legal battle over the BSkyB takeover, the editorial continued:
"There is no justification for this appalling wrongdoing. No justification for the pain caused to victims, nor for the deep stain it has left on a great history. Yet when this outrage has been atoned, we hope history will eventually judge us on all our years."
The paper bid farewell to its readers, after 168 years with the simple words:
"Thank you & goodbye."
Could that possibly be?
The 8,674th edition of the tabloid featured the headlines emblazoned over images of its most famous front pages.
A sub-headline read:
"After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5m loyal readers."
Hmmmm 7.5 million? when they openly admitted they had 'doubled production to 5 million for anticipated high demand'?
And in the top right corner had the words:
"The world's greatest newspaper 1843-2011."
(Well that is down to ones own interpretation.)
The closing issue featured a "celebration" of the best 'scoops' and greatest 'campaigns' that helped the "newspaper" make its mark over the years.
Inside the paper was a 48-page "souvenir" (loosely used there) pullout featuring some of the tabloid's most memorable splashes, such as last year's expose of alleged match fixing involving Pakistan international cricketers.
Front-page revelations of celebrities' affairs were featured alongside historic events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, which were recorded in a special "shock 8am issue".
Other front page news stories it displays included the coronation of King George VI, the confessions of Christine Keeler and the Profumo affair and England winning the 1966 World Cup.
Elsewhere in the paper, investigations editor Mazher Mahmood, famed for his undercover stings as the "fake sheikh", paid tribute to the News Of The World's achievements in helping bring "criminals to justice."
(Is it only me wondering if he shouldn't have been leaving Sven alone & instead should have concentrated his efforts on his own colleagues???)
And campaigner Sara Payne praises the paper for being a "force for good" and a driving force behind the call for Sarah's Law.
(THIS WAS PRIOR TO FINDING OUT SHE HERSELF HAD BEEN A TARGET OF PHONE HACKING FROM THE PAPER WHO "CHAMPIONED HER CAUSE")
Sunday 10th July 2011