As the last ever edition of the established British tabloid newspaper The News of the World goes to print amid the phone-hacking allegations which has finally brought the 168-year-old paper to its very knees, the papers editor Colin Myler paid an emotional tribute to his staff and readers to the waiting photographers outside of the Wapping headquarters in London:
“As you can see this is the latest and last News of the World.
“It is the 8,674th edition after 168 years.
“It is not a position that any editor would want, to close a title and, of course I didn’t close it.
“I want to pay tribute to these wonderful team of people here who after a very difficult day have produced a wonderful paper.
“It is a sad day for the staff, this is not where we want to be and not where we deserve to be.
“As a final tribute to seven-and-a-half million readers, this is for you, and the staff.
All profits from the sale of the last edition of The News of the World will go to charity.