The News of the World was a national, tabloid newspaper published in the UK from 1843 to 2011.
It was at one time the biggest-selling English-language newspaper in the world, and at its closure still had one of the highest English-language circulations. It was originally established as a broadsheet by John Browne Bell, who identified crime, sensation and vice as the themes that would sell copies. The Bells sold the paper to Henry Carr in 1891.
In 1969 the newspaper was purchased from the Carrs by Rupert Murdoch’s media firm News Limited. Reorganised into News International, it was transformed into a tabloid in 1984 and became the Sunday sister paper of the Sun. The nespaper concentrated on celebrity-based scoops and populist news. Sales averaged 2.8 million copies per week in October 2010.
From 2006, allegations of phone hacking began to engulf the newspaper. Amid a public backlash and the withdrawal of advertising, News International announced the closure of the newspaper on 7th July 2011 and the final edition was printed three days later.