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This Sunday's News of the World will be the last ever. The massive-circulation newspaper is deeply embroiled in phone hacking and police bribery allegations. It has been printed for over 150 years. Despite its recent reputation for shag-n-tell stories about footballers it has a past history of decent investigative journalism. …

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Whole lot of shredding going on.

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Damage limitation mode

Chew off a limb to save the rest of the monstrousity. And even this limb will soon be regrown... Viva la regeneration.

La piovra all right...

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Regeneration has already starting.

Check out the whois of..... http://whois-search.com/whois/TheSunOnSunday.co.uk

Looks like it'll get a rebrand for next weekend.

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agreed.

How soon before we see the 'new' NotW rise from the ashes.

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As it's..

... registered by an individual I reckon it's just cyber-sitting.

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Paris Hilton

Yep

This week News of the World next week The Sunday ?

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WTF?

sundaysun.co.uk on the other hand

Is owned by the mirror newspaper group

Domain name:

sundaysun.co.uk

Registrant:

Newcastle Chronicle and Journal

Registrant type:

Unknown

Registrant's address:

Onyx Internet Ltd.

Zetland Buildings

Exchange Square

Cleveland

Middlesbrough

TS1 1DE

United Kingdom

Registrar:

Trinity Mirror Digital Media Ltd [Tag = TRINITYNEWMEDIA]

URL: http://www.mirror.co.uk

Relevant dates:

Registered on: 16-Sep-1997

Renewal date: 16-Sep-2011

Last updated: 01-Mar-2010

Oddly registered many years after they sold the sun to murdochs lot.

Maybe some feature in the mirror I;m not aware of uses this name?

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Sunday Sun

The Sunday Sun is a local north-east England (news)paper.

Published by the same people that do the Chronicle & the Journal (hence the registrant).

I had no idea these were MGN publications though.....

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Nahh..

While I will be suprised if News International doesn't launch a replacement for the Notw, that address is registered to a web design firm who (judging by the client list shown on their main website) would probably not be equipped to design and host a website for a major newspaper.

I think they are domain squatting..

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not domain squatting

Having lived in the north east for a number of years I heard the story.

The Sunday Sun is a name owned by the Journal/chronicle in Newcastle and was published regularly before the Sun decided to produce a sunday paper, hence the name News Of The World was used.

As far as I am aware The Sunday Sun is still being published in Newcastle, hence MGN are unable to use the name.

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Never thought I'd see the day!

Can anyone see Sus Scrofa Domesticus with wings flying outside their window?

Corruption with real consequences in modern-day Britain - whatever next?!

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Real consequences?

Oh yes, real consequences. The poor grunts at ground level are out on the street while the woman in charge of it all is still sitting in her executive post.

Oh yes, real consequences. News International gets an excuse to introduce redundancies and institute cost savings by running fewer newsrooms. There will almost certainly be a Sunday Sun in a couple of weeks' time, and it will save NI thousands.

There haven't been any consequences.

What we need to see is the editorial staff in prison.

We need very heavy fines, amounting to the entire profit of the paper for as long as they were hacking phones.

And we need a court order banning News International from *any* expansion for a substantial time period. No new newspapers, no new Sunday editions, and certainly no new acquisitions. For at least 5 years.

Anything less isn't punishment, because NI will still be up on the deal....

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Sun on Sunday domain booked 2 days ago

The lying scum have been preparing this for a while. The rats will just disperse to other parts of the empire and carry on as usual, as planned.

Need serious escalation of action against the whole company to actually make anyone pay for this.

And who believes it was just News International? More likely they just did is so much they couldn't help getting caught.

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When it comes to industrial accidents...

...the jail time can be served by the company owner, not just the grunt who forgot to put a barrier round the bottomless pit. But only if it can be seen that the person at the top was negligent in not providing training, making sure staff are working within their competency level.

Surely the charges raised from the the investigation can be applied to anyone up the food chain to the top.

There will be a lot of arse covering exercises going on now.

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Turn to history...

As Edward I said, "A man does good work when he rids himself of shit."

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Not only the editorial staff...

What we need to see is the two Murdochs in prison. And maybe the rest of the NI Board too.

The buck stops there.

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investigation pah

except the investigation is being run by rebekah, the ediot at the time. Conflict of interest much.

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I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this.

Ha Ha! - From the mouth of the Simpsons school bully, Nelson Muntz.

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Megaphone

You mean...

http://nelsonhaha.com/

http://www.dramabutton.com/

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Trollface

In related news...

... it's also tomorrow's front page headline on the Guardian.

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Headlines

I like the Telegraph's: Goodbye Cruel World

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Great

I just love the way the upper echelons have taken this action to distance themselves from the troops who comitted the atrocities. It's got to be a first.

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Firing a newsroom to save Rebekah Brooks and his own skin

Looks like the junior Murdoch is just as classy as his dad.

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Who says they're being fired?

More likely that they'll simply change the name above the door - keep the same staff.

It was a toxic turd, now it's a toxic turd with a new name.

I see incidentally that thesunonsunday.co.uk has been recently registered as a domain.

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With the exception Grant Mitchell's ex

Everyone at NotW is on 90 days notice of redundancy. NI has said 'They will be invited to apply for other jobs in the company."

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Classier

He has gone native.

In his dad's land execs fail on their sword from time to time (not often, but has been known to happen). In this land - never.

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Devil

I bet this has been Plan B for months, if not years

No doubt at a lower salary.

1. Close down the Screws

2. Register the Sun on Sunday

3 ???

4. Profit!

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Devil

Sun on Sunday

Close News of the Screws - thereby making it harder for people to sue in the civil courts for large payouts.

Launch "The Sun on Sunday" - slogan, "theSUNday".

Continue to publish photos of tits.

Count the money.

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WTF?

thesunonsunday.co.uk

Domain registered 5 July 2011.

http://webwhois.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=thesunonsunday.co.uk

Cynical move by News International, no doubt in an effort to avoid derailing their Sky purchase. It will be business as usual, just a different title.

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Domain name registered today...

Now there's a coincidence... thesunday.co.uk registered TODAY! But "Colin Wilson Engineering" who registered it doesn't exactly sound like "News International". You never know though... But I suspect a smart bit of anticipation by Colin Wilson - well, smarter than me as he beat me to it!!

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Its a Title

Bought by Anonymous, I'm told...

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Colin Wilson Engineering?!?

It currently says "Mediaspring", but there are several companies going by that name.

In interesting move for a URL squatter...

If NI want it free, they'll get it free through a simple domain name dispute. But they might just want to keep their heads down and but it for a couple of grand just to keep things quiet.

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@The Indomitable Gall

Hold out against NI? Just make sure you change the PIN on your voicemail first.

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@Neil 7

Better idea.

Leave the PIN the way it is, but get a couple of mates to leave messages about the scoop they're working on, revealing how Rebekah Brooks is passing inside information on the hacking scandal to the Mail........

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Domain name dispute

Would that work, given that there is no such paper as The Sun On Sunday?

Can you create a new publication and then demand the domain name from the existing owner?

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Paris Hilton

Long live the super injuction, the truth is dead

Many celebs, footballers and mistress must be cracking open the vimto at the news.

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Buh-bye..

Now...if only the ENTIRE Murdoch "empire" would go away as well...the planet would be a better place for all.

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Wishful thinking

But, regrettably it wont happen unless people stop buying their products or services

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Be interesting

to see if the fit-and-proper test falls on its arse now.

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Let's keep things in perspective

As a tool for corruption and injustice, News International has nothing like the power of the EU, or even our own government.

Non-Murdoch media are enjoying this as much as you might expect, but let's keep a sense of perspective. Yes, the phone hacking was despicable, but was it worse than leaving elderly patients to starve in their own filth, as has happened in NHS hospitals.

How many people suggested that the NHS should be destroyed in response?

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NHS reform is within the power of the government,

and thus the hands of the people*.

Reform of Murdoch's empire is in the hands of Murdoch.

(Of course, this is all skimming over government efforts to dismantle the NHS, but that's not the issue here.)

*Ha ha, yeah.

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The Tories.

nt

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re: Wishful thinking

"But, regrettably it wont happen unless people stop buying their products or services"

Trouble is, if people stopped paying for his current crap Murdoch will use News Corps considerable cash reserves to buy out his most successful competitor. Newspapers are starting to lose money and that's why he wants the rest of BSkyB - minus the loss making newsroom, which is why he was happy to agree to selling that bit off, which had the added bonus of giving his poodles in government something to claim as a compromise.

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And nothing of value was lost

It won't be mourned, what a dirty little rag that newspaper became.

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Not quite

The sham sheik helped the world along.

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Devil

What do you mean, 'became'

It always was a filthy rag. Before their current incarnation, they use to specialise in "exposing" ordinary people's sexual idiosyncrasies, allegedly sometimes resulting in the suicide of the 'target'. Hypocracy was always their stock-in-trade.

I certainly don't give a shit about the sacked NoTW "journalists" - Murdoch's media companies have a toxic effect on public life wherever they're based, & if you're paid the money, you've taken your choice

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And nothing of value was lost.

But cutting off an infected arm does nothing to cure the ill body of Murdoch's news empire.

http://www.avaaz.org/

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Paris Hilton

RESULT!!!!

That's all.

(Obvious icon, natch)

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Devil

"our commitment to journalism and a free press"

How does he manage to say these things? Really? Has he no shame at all, even if he is a Murdoch?

Anyway, the cynic in me would say that this is a desperate measure to stop the BSkyB deal unfolding, by dumping a publication that has no chance of being profitable for the foreseeable future.

But I am deeply cynical.

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Mushroom

I used to think I was cynical

but the world just keeps on making me feel naive.

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