Press react to News of the World closure
This round-up of Friday's main media stories focuses on the dramatic decision to close the News of the World over the phone-hacking scandal.
Staff at the News of the World have reacted with shock to news that it will be closed after this Sunday's edition, reports BBC News. The paper's political editor, David Wooding, said the closure came as a "bombshell". The 168-year-old tabloid is accused of hacking into phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians. Police have identified 4,000 possible targets.
The Guardian reports that Andy Coulson, formerly David Cameron's director of communications, will be arrested today, over suspicions that he knew about, or had direct involvement in, the hacking of mobile phones during his editorship of the News of the World. The Guardian says it understands that a second arrest is to be made of a former senior journalist at the paper.
The Daily Mail says James Murdoch has sent an email to staff admitting the paper had "wrongly maintained" that phone hacking was carried out by just one reporter, and it was 'a matter of serious regret' that he had approved out-of-court settlements with victims of the practice.
The Mirror quotes Brian Paddick, a former deputy assistant commissioner, as suggesting police were taking bribes from journalists. "I met a journalist who said he was paying sometimes £20,000 to £30,000 to police officers for information" the paper reports Mr Paddick as saying. "All of this was done in a very clandestine way - a drive-through fast food restaurant, that's where police officers used to go to collect envelopes."
The Sun says Harry Potter star Emma Watson "was in tears last night as thousands braved downpours to wave goodbye to her as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films". It goes on to say fans "were unable to stifle their own sobs as Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 marked the end of an era."
The demise of the News of the World amid the phone-hacking scandal inspires headlines the tabloid's journalists would be proud of, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review. The Daily Mirror and the Times both come up with "Hacked to Death". The Daily Mail talks of "the paper that died of shame".