Advertisers withdraw from News of the World
July 7th, 2011 by elisa

The News of the World is embroiled in the current phone hacking allegations scandal and as such is taking the hit not only from a very upset nation of people disgusted with the alleged behaviour, but now by its advertisers. The Co-operative Group and Virgin Holidays have announced that they are temporarily suspending further advertising and promotional activity with the paper until the outcome of the police investigation.

In a statement, the Co-operative Group said: “The Group is a consumer-owned business which adheres to strong ethical standards. These allegations have been met with revulsion by the vast majority of members who have contacted us,”

“We would urge everyone involved to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion for the sake of all those who are affected by these events.”

Easyjet said it is monitoring the situation: “Easyjet understands the concerns raised by the public, including many of our own staff and passengers, about these serious and shocking claims.” said corporate affairs manager Andrew McConnell.

He added: “We will actively monitor the situation and await the outcome of any investigation.”

It has recently emerged that relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked, as well as murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, relatives of the 7/7 bombing victims, and the parents of murdered Soham girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

What do you think of companies withdrawing their advertising at this early stage of the investigations? Is it admirable? Should they withdraw indefinitely if the allegations are proved to be true?



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