The tabloid's 200 staff have been told that Sunday's edition will be the last.

This article titled “News of the World to close as Rupert Murdoch acts to limit fallout” was written by James Robinson, for The Guardian on Thursday 7th July 2011 21.08 UTC

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain's best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire.

Murdoch's son James, who runs his UK titles, told the paper's 200 staff that Sunday's edition of the paper, which sells 2.6m copies a week, would be its last, ending the 168-year history of the title his father bought in 1969, a purchase that introduced him to the British public for the first time. The last News of the World will carry no commercial advertising.

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