News International changes name to News UK

Sun newspaper News International, now News UK, publishes titles including the Sun

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News International, the media company behind newspapers including the Times and the Sun, has changed its name to News UK.

The rebranding comes as part of a broader revamp of the company, owned by Rupert Murdoch, following the phone-hacking scandal.

The company has recently announced editorial changes at both the Times and the Sun.

It was forced to close its News of the World title in 2011.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is among those facing charges over the hacking scandal.

The BBC's media correspondent, David Sillito, says the new name is an attempt at "brand decontamination" following months of negative headlines surrounding the News International brand.

'Fundamental changes'

In an announcement on its rebranded website, News UK said the new name and logo were "designed to convey a more coherent and logical identity for the new parent company across the globe".

The News UK logo is based on the new logo of parent company News Corp, which was unveiled earlier this year.

News Corp is in the process of being split into separate publishing and entertainment companies.

The more profitable entertainment business is being spun off under the name 21st Century Fox.

News UK said the name change followed "fundamental changes of governance and personnel that have taken place to address the problems of the recent past".

"New policies and procedures are in place across the company, its main titles are all under new leadership and the executive team has been transformed," the company said.

Several News International journalists, along with Ms Brooks, have been arrested in connection with phone-hacking since 2011.

Both of the groups major titles are set for changes in editorship.

Last week, the editor of the Sun, Dominic Mohan, was replaced with News International's former director of operations David Dinsmore, while the Times is still to appoint a new permanent editor following the resignation of James Harding in December last year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, Mr Dinsmore said the new name reflected the desire to join up the group's newspaper brands around the world in preparation for the split with 21st Century Fox.

"The publishing side has a great new era ahead of it, and it makes a lot more sense to join up the brands around the world," he said.


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  • rate this

    Comment number 188.

    So when is the BBC renaming themselves? NI only had to deal with phone hacking, BBC has had the Jimmy Saville and Newsnight scandal, smearing Conservatives with unsubstantiated rumours, spending £1bill of licence fee cash on Salford, continued waste of abandoned 'projects' costing yet more money and refusing to release the Balen Report. How about Bolshevik Broadcasting Company?

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    Comment number 187.

    in my rear view mirror the sun is going down
    sinking behind bridges in the road
    and i think of all the good things
    that we have left undone
    and i suffer premonitions
    confirm suspicions
    of the holocaust to come
    the rusty wire that holds the cork
    that keeps the anger in
    gives way
    and suddenly it's day again
    the sun is in the east
    even though the day is done
    two suns in the sunset
    Pink Floyd

  • rate this

    Comment number 186.

    180. AndyC555
    And the BBC News Online website trounces them all. What wonderful taste we all here have

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    Comment number 185.

    181. "publications read like propaganda from a right-wing think tank"

    How would you know? You've claimed you don't read these papers.

    And clearly you don't read the Times. Right wing lol.

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    Comment number 184.

    I am reminded of an iffy property agent in Leeds who changed their name annually to avoid being affected by the reputation they would otherwise have with the changing population of students. News Corp/News International/Fox/NI group and the various other chameleonic Murdoch vehicles are all reputed for their loose arrangements with the truth, disregard for ethics, and top down right-wing nonsense.

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    Comment number 183.


    "I would prefer a HYS for Osborne to outline £11.5bn of cuts."

    Yes, well we all have things we'd prefer but life sucks. Once you grow up you may appreciate this.

  • rate this

    Comment number 182.

    @ TRUST ME IM A TORY MP - I was always taught that you cannot polish a turd.

    Incorrect, Mythbusters proved, you can polish a turd.
    It is however, still a turd.

    In this re-organisation, where will Faux News be situated.
    It certainly isn't news or entertainment.

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    Comment number 181.

    It's not going to make any difference to the content.

    All Murdoch's publications read like propaganda from a right-wing think tank & the constant editorial attacks on rival media organisations, Leveson & any individuals who have offended Murdoch's institutions in some way are starting to read like the petty spite of a vindictive child.

  • rate this

    Comment number 180.

    Lefties may not like it but The Sun and Daily Mail are the biggest selling daily papers in the UK.

    Casual and vitriolic dismissal of their readers says more towards the arrogance of the left than anything else. Their refusal to listen, their "we know best" attitude is what alienates people.

    Personally, I read The Times.

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    Comment number 179.

    Prof Phoenix says : "I don't care about the name; we need a press that is not dominated by a minority of pro EU, pro immigration, pro-Islamist, left of centre leaning advocates of PC".
    With respect - really??
    The Mail/Sun/Star/Times/Telegraph/Express are pro EU,Islam, immigration and left of centre???
    I'll have a pint of what you're on, please!!

  • rate this

    Comment number 178.

    Me thinks the editor doesn't like Newswhatever it is called. Just a hunch.

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    Comment number 177.

    Can they also change the name of America for telephone hacking?

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    Comment number 176.

    They can call it whatever they like - Previously, Windscale was renamed Sellafield but it remained a hated institution - and the same will happen here.
    News UK is still a flagship for neo-liberal values and utterly ruthless and uncaring business practices and I hope that Murdoch's hateful empire is eventually seen for what it is - a blot on the cultural life of this country and the entire world.

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    Comment number 175.

    The usual sloppy reporting - News International is NOT owned by Rupert Murdoch. It is a subsidiary of News Corp (soon to be split in two) which is a public company listed in New York. The Murdochs own a minority stake in News Corp.

  • rate this

    Comment number 174.

    Best of luck Roopy!

    And congrats on getting rid of that awful woman.

    Ps. Don't leave it all to that deadbeat looney son of yours. Lizzy was always the smart one.

  • rate this

    Comment number 173.

    It's not the International I object to, it's the use of the word News!

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    Comment number 172.

    It is very hard to see anything good in the actions of this organisation. I assume that there will be some ulterior motive involved in rebranding. Most likely to distance the current operation from a toxic brand. Personally, I don't understand anyone buying it's product. However I suppose like government, we get the press that we deserve.

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    Comment number 171.

    20 Minutes ago
    So What!!!!!!!!!
    I would prefer a HYS for Osborne to outline £11.5bn of cuts.

    1. When you posted this...Osborne wasn't due to start for half an hour!
    2. The BBC can't accomodate EVERY single persons individual bugbear or interest. If you are desperate to discuss the cuts then there is bound to be a webstie/fmessageboard/blog somewhere for you to do so

  • rate this

    Comment number 170.


    Isn't it time for the BBC to conceal the actions of our Government spying on us ?

    Isn't it time for the BBC to remove that story from the front page ?

    ... oh, you've done that already ...

    Great, just so long as the BBC keeps the British public in the dark ...

  • rate this

    Comment number 169.

    Why is The Sun still being referred to as newspaper? It isn't, it's tabloid size paper backed fiction.

    I wouldn't believe the date in it.


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