Printing takes a blow as News of the World closes
July 13, 2011 by Lyndon
Following the announcement that News of the World will no longer be printed, several jobs are potentially hanging in the balance.
James Murdoch, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corp – the international body behind News of the World, announced last Thursday that the weekly tabloid that is famed for its celebrity coverage and heartfelt real life stories would cease to be published after its final edition was printed last weekend. The paper has been published for over 160 years and was the UK’s best-selling tabloid.
The decision to stop printing the paper generated huge speculation in the media industry about what might be next for News of the World. The decision has had severe implications for employees of News Corp, not only for its journalists and editors, but also for the people who work on producing the paper by providing services like full colour printing.
Potters Bar’s local newspaper, the Hertfordshire Mercury, reported that the printing plant based at Park Plaza in Waltham Cross, just eight miles from Potters Bar, is worth up to £600m. It is as yet unknown as to whether any jobs at News International Printworks will be at risk.
There has been some speculation that The Sun, the daily newspaper printed Monday to Saturday by News Corp, will take over from News of the World and become a paper that is printed seven days per week. This is yet to be confirmed by News Corp officials.