Well, it’s been quite a day for journalism. Specifically, 200 or so journalists in Wapping who once had a job working for the world’s most-read English language newspaper which has been published since 1843. And for Ryan Giggs’ (et al) social calendar, as it were.
A good roundup (but by all means see my retweets and starred tweets today for more):
Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper.
This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World.
Colin Myler will edit the final edition of the paper.
In addition, I have decided that all of the News of the World’s revenue this weekend will go to good causes.
While we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we receive this weekend to go to organisations – many of whom are long-term friends and partners – that improve life in Britain and are devoted to treating others with dignity.
We will run no commercial advertisements this weekend. Any advertising space in this last edition will be donated to causes and charities that wish to expose their good works to our millions of readers.
These are strong measures. They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing to do.
And of course…
So of course, here’s a tweet to leave you with:
@gilescoren: BREAKING NEWS: po-faced sanctimonious holier-than-thou clench-arsed joylessness to be made illegal. Guardian to be closed down.