8 Jul 2011

British rivals revel in News of the World's demise

4:35 pm on 8 July 2011

Rival British papers are revelling in the demise of the News of the World.

Under a banner headline 'The End of the World', the Daily Mail calls it 'the paper that died of shame.'

The Independent describes how the closure announcement was greeted with gasps of shock by journalists at News International.

In a comment piece, The Telegraph says among all the calls for public inquiries and police investigations, one court has already been judge and jury in the phone hacking scandal - the court of public opinion.

The Guardian says there is no end in sight to the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking scandal after 72 hours of mounting crisis.

It says The Sun, another News Corp paper, could be turned into a seven-day-a-week operation to cover the gap.

The Sun takes a straight line on the scandal, simply reprinting a statement by News International chairman James Murdoch in full.

The Times, also owned by News Corp, features extensive coverage, including a timeline of the demise and shocked reaction from leading political, media, business and union figures.

The story is also the top news on The New York Times website, which describes growing fury over the hacking, along with a feature on former editor Rebekah Brooks and how she has risen through the tabloid empire.