On this day in 1843, the London newspaper ‘News of the World’ began publication. The cheap paper was launched by John Browne Bell, originally aimed at the newly literate working class, and covered topics Bell deemed exciting and sensational, such as crime and vice prosecutions. ‘News of the World’ rose to become one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the English language. Its ownership changed hands in 1891, and again in 1969 when it was bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Since the 1980s, the paper was a tabloid and the Sunday sister paper of 'The Sun’, with a focus on celebrities and sex scandals. 'News of the World’ ceased publication on July 10th 2011, after 168 years in print, following revelations that the paper had hacked the phones of hundreds of people, including murder victims and British soldiers killed in action. The phone hacking scandal led to the arrests of several of the paper’s leading figures, and ended the publication of one of Britain’s oldest newspapers.
“I looked at it, and then I put it in the waste-paper basket. And then I thought, 'If I leave it there the cook may read it'—so I burned it!” - an early condemnation of 'News of the World’