Sales a sign of changing times

THE NEWS of the World sales stood at 6.5m in 1969, when Murdoch fought off Robert Maxwell’s Pergamon group to buy the title for a princely £34m. It has closed with sales of just 2.6m this year. And in a sign of the times for the traditional newspaper industry, the last two papers to change hands – the Independent and Evening Standard – were each sold for just £1.