News of the World shutting down amid scandal

FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 6, 2011 file photo of a News of the World sign is seen by an entrance at premises of News International in London. James Murdoch News Corporation executive says the News of the World will publish its last issue on Sunday. The focus of the phone hacking scandal shifted Thursday to serious allegations of police corruption as Scotland Yard called for an independent review of reported payoffs by journalists to police. The review announced Thursday by the Independent Press Complaints Commission reflects the seriousness of the corruption charges, which are apparently based on information provided by the embattled News of the World tabloid to police in recent days. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

July 7, 2011 12:29:36 PM PDT
The Murdoch media empire unexpectedly killed off the muckraking News of the World tabloid Thursday after a public backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose the rich, the famous and the royal and become Britain's best-selling Sunday newspaper.