Over 200 Jobless After Newspaper Scandal
But as of yesterday, 7.5 million readers will have to find a different source for their daily fix. The last issue of “News of the World,” ran Sunday.
It was recently discovered that News of the World employees were engaging in a practice known as, “phone hacking” – or tapping the lines and voicemails of celebrities, politicians, and grieving families.
Amid cries of scandal and outrage, media mogul Rupert Murdoch quietly closed the doors of the historic newspaper. Over 200 employees were immediately displaced.
“The 200 staff who were effectively made redundant by News International when it shut down the News of the World are set to sue the company for unfair dismissal – and it could cost the company £14million,” reports The Daily Mail.
In UK Labour law, unfair dismissal is a term used to describe an employer’s unreasonable decision to fire. The News of the World journalists feel the mass layoff was unjust – many had nothing to do with the alleged crimes.
From one of their final opinion articles, News of the World had this to say, “We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards. Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry. There is no justification for this appalling wrong-doing.”