But Murdoch son James Murdoch is closing the paper founded in the mid-1800s, leaving the Sunday Sun to soldier on. It's true that advertisers had pulled out in response to the phone hacking revelations. But they would have returned in time if NOTW had been a solid franchise. There also was probably intense political pressure from Prime Minister David Cameron for the Murdochs to do "something." But closing the paper? Murdoch's pulling of the plug suggests that the NOTW was struggling financially. Struggling as much as Murdoch's "quality" paper, the Times? Hmmm.