Or rather, done in by the lack of business.
This is the first instance I can think of in which a newspaper shut down over a scandal:
LONDON — The tabloid at the center of the British phone hacking is to be closed after a final, ad-free Sunday edition this weekend, according to a top official at News Corp., James Murdoch, in a sudden statement that underscored the devastating effect of allegations that targets included not only a 13-year-old murder victim but also relatives of fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The statement was so sudden that the paper, News of the World, was still advertising a subscription deal on its Web site.
The new reports of stunning intrusions came a day after Britain’s Parliament collectively turned on Rupert Murdoch, the head of theNews Corporation, which owns The News of the World, and the tabloid culture he represents, using a debate about the widening phone hacking scandal to denounce reporting tactics by newspapers once seen as too politically influential to challenge.
Whether this is a precedent or not depends upon your definition of “newspaper,” of course.