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East London : South Africa | Jul 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM PDT
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Murdoch flies to London to close tabloid

The Baron Rupert Murdoch's media arrived in London on Sunday to face the scandal of wiretapping in one of his newspapers, which has shaken British politics and a trade deal could cost billions of dollars.
Murdoch, 80, arrived at his office in London in the front seat of a red Range Rover, holding the latest edition of the newspaper with the largest level of sales, the News of the World, he decided to close this week in a bid to contain the crisis.
With a white Panama hat, ignored reporters stationed at the entrance, focusing his eyes on the newspaper he bought in 1969 as the cornerstone of a major media empire.
Your car rushed out of the complex 15 minutes later, but it was unknown what meetings planned.
Best known for their lurid headlines exposing the faults of the rich and famous, the latest News of the World said simply, "Thank you and Goodbye," about a montage of some of its most famous covers in its 168 year history.
To his followers had been a tradition on Sunday and critics had become a symbol of irresponsibility of the British press.
Murdoch seemed about to get approval for an important and valuable operation, buying the broadcaster BSkyB last week, but the charges that the wiretapping celebrities affected Sunday, missing children, relatives of victims of the attacks 2005 in London and relatives of soldiers killed in action produced a huge public outcry.
The paper's editor Colin Myler told the media stationed at the doors of their offices in East London that he deeply regretted the closure.
This is not where we wanted to be and not where we deserve to be, but as a final tribute to 7.5 million readers, this is for you and staff, thank you, "said
The scandal has raised questions about the relations among politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron - who hired a former editor of the newspaper as its chief media - and the press barons like Murdoch, chairman and Legacy News Corp.
It has also brought to light allegations that journalists working for Murdoch and other illegal payments made to the police for information. A senior police officer said police in London had been "badly damaged" by its failure to press for an initial investigation into the wiretapping in the News of the World.
Cameron's rivals have smelled an opportunity to block the supply of 14,000 million dollars (about 9,800 million euros) from Murdoch to stay with 61 percent of the cost of pay-TV operator BSkyB to News Corp, the largest media in the world, not yet possess.

Before, there was concern that Murdoch could have power in the British media. News Corp also owns two dailies and one Sunday newspaper.
But accusations that officials were involved in illegal access to thousands of voice mail messages and paying the police for exclusive information has led the regulator Ofcom now says it will consider whether the directors of News Corp are people " adequate and proper "to stay ahead of BSkyB.
"This is the most serious political crisis in a generation (to Murdoch) but as a business crisis is immense and immensely more meaningful to Murdoch that the political crisis," said Claire Enders of Enders Analysis.
The Government has received over 135,000 public complaints about the deal with BSkyB.
Cameron was on Sunday under increasing pressure to halt the supply of BSkyB Murdoch to buy, at least until an investigation into the wiretapping.

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