When senior Daily Express hack Stephen Pollard left the paper in 2001 after it was acquired by pornographer Richard Desmond, he used a report on farming to spell out the phrase “Fuck you, Desmond” with the first letter of each sentence. No surprise, then, that Rebekah Brooks demanded staff outside News of the World editorial screen the final edition of the rag for hidden messages inserted […]

British Gas, one of only four companies left advertising in this week’s News of the World when it was axed, has announced an 18% increase in fuel prices. Spotting a fine opportunity to bury bad news, the energy company whispered out an announcement during David Cameron’s News of the World press conference. Just yesterday British […]

With the closure of the News of the World sending shockwaves across the media establishment, Political Scrapbook is proud to have played a significant role in making life impossible for those companies that wanted to advertise with Murdoch’s Sunday tabloid. In concert with Liberal Conspiracy, we were at the forefront of efforts to hit the dead-schoolgirl-hacking newspaper where it hurts: […]

N Power and EasyJet are just the latest in the mass exodus of advertisers away from the News of the World. Yesterday, the Co-op performed the first high profile U-Turn, reversing their position in response to a growing campaign of disappointed customers and members. Boots too shifted from a “no comment” to an “awaiting more information” position, noting that they “listen to […]

UPDATE: Oh my God, we killed the News of the World. James Murdoch has announced that not only will this Sunday’s paper carry no commercial advertising, it will also be the last issue.    UPDATE: In an unprecedented move, the News of the World have announced that they have pulled all advertising from this Sunday’s edition. […]

Click on the front pages for story links Independent — Brooks contacted Dowler private detective herself Guardian — Police review child murders as hacking outcry escalates Daily Telegraph — Hackers ‘snooped on Soham families’ Daily Mirror — Soham families hacked Daily Mail — NOTW hackers ‘targeted the parents of Holly and Jessica’ Daily Express — […]