Screwed.

The News of the World, otherwise known as 'the screws' has been shut down. But not just for the obvious reasons.

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The Commentator
On 8 July 2011 07:41

The furore surrounding the News of the World hacking saga reached fever pitch yesterday evening as James Murdoch announced the old rag, founded in 1843, would be shutting up shop in light of new allegations and revelations.

The story clearly goes very deep and The Commentator was heard to opine that ostensibly, the Murdochs would rather close their paper down than give Rebekah Brooks her marching orders. The truth of course remains to be seen.

The cut and run approach to the situation has more levels than one may find initially apparent. It must be noted that in addition to the misplaced loyalty to Brooks, the News of The World was shrinking in it's reach. 

The introduction of much feared Murdoch pay wall has caused controversy with journalists and readers alike. Better to wipe the slate clean.

So the two and a half million weekly consumers of the sister paper to The Sun, the highly popular daily, will now it seems be treated to... The Sunday Sun (working title). The Sun staff were informed last night that the paper would move to being a 'seven day operation' - it's likely that some News of the World staff will jump across eventually. But in effect, this is just lipstick on a pig.

The Observer and The Guardian tried this tactic recently to prop up both fledgling outlets. A short term fix to a longer term problem - the consumption of newspapers in hard copy, and the decline in journalistic standards across the board.

As blogging and micro-blogging came to dominate, and as journalists found themselves competing with anyone with a computer and access to Blogger.com to get exclusives and break stories, standards and morals have both declined.

This would have been a contributing factor in the News of the World hacking scandal, as desperate journalists resorted to desperate measures. 

The Commentator of course predicts the ascent of online magazine-type publications, but an ongoing concern will now be that in their death throes, what other depths will tabloid and traditional media outlets sink to?

As if it wasn't bad enough already...

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