News of the World: A History

Marketing Week charts the history of the News of The World from its launch in 1843.

1843 News of the World first published by John Browne Bell.

1891 Sold to Lascelles Carr.

1939 Sales reach 4 million.

1950 News of the World becomes the best selling newspaper in the world with weekly sales of over 8 million.

1969 Rupert Murdoch buys the paper from Robert Maxwell’s Pergamon Press.

1984 Changes from broadsheet to tabloid format.

2007 Royal correspondent Clive Goodman jailed for four months for phone hacking.

2007 Editor Andy Coulson resigns over phone hacking allegations.

Jan 2011 Private investigator Glen Mulcaire testifies that he was asked by the paper to hack voicemail accounts.

April 2011 It is alleged that as many as 4,000 people had their phone hacked by the newspaper.

April The paper “unreservedly” apologises for phone activities. Sets asides money to settle claims made against the newspaper by celebrities and MPs.

July 4 It is alleged that the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler was hacked.

July 5/6 Further allegations emerge that the phones of the families of murdered Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, relatives of those murdered in the 7 July 2007 London bombings and those killed in action while serving for the armed forces were hacked.

July 5 Ford becomes the first advertiser to pull advertising from the paper. Many more follow or review their positions.

July 6 Prime Minister David Cameron says that a public enquiry into phone hacking will be launched after the police complete their investigation.

July 7 News International announces the 10 July will be the last issue of the News of the World.

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