Closed! The News of the World Sign completes its final duties on sunday after 168 years Ironically ‘The News of the World’ has indeed become today’s news of the world. After allegations of phone hacking began to snowball, and the full extent of this outrageous scandal began to come to light, James Murdoch, Chief Executive of News Corporation, moved to close the 168 year old tabloid paper. In a move which many speculate to be a bid by Rupert Murdoch to save his total take over of British Sky Broadcasting, which has been facing mounting opposition. The closure came as a shock to staff, with the paper’s political editor, David Wooding describing the axing of the publication as a “bombshell” to the BBC, and the current editor, Colin Myler being given just 20 minutes notice of the closure, the Daily Mail said. The national response to the allegations of the tabloid paper, famed for its ‘sex-centric’ content, has been utter disgust. Murdoch junior described the hackings as “inhuman” once it was alleged that, included on the potential list of 4,000 victims were families of dead soldiers, and the phone of Milly Dowler who was murdered in 2002. Parliament abounded with allegations and inquires as well today, with Ed Milliband demanding an apology for the PM’s "appalling error of judgement" in hiring the recently arrested former editor, Andy Coulson as the Director of Communications at Downing Street, the BBC announced. Meanwhile, the PM announced an inquiry into the hacking scandal, and into James Murdoch. David Cameron said police should question anyone "no matter how high or low" embroiled in the scandal at News of the World, the Guardian revealed.