The announcement that the News of the World will close after this weekend was greeted with shock and amazement by journalists at News International today.
Staff at the publisher’s other newspapers received the statement by chairman James Murdoch and gasps were heard across the newsrooms at Wapping as they reached the line: “This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World.”
The first person at The Times to read it swore out loud.
One member of staff said: “It took a few minutes for everyone to read through the statement. There was a ’f****** hell’ from the first person who read it. Then there were lots of gasps and general amazement. Everyone is talking about it.
“People are still astonished and a bit worried.”
Journalists at The Sun, the Sunday tabloid’s sister paper, wondered what impact the closure would have on them.
One journalist said: “Everyone here is shocked and in disbelief. It’s very sad that the paper is closing. We’re not sure what this means for us yet.”