Tuesday 12 December 2017

More companies pulling ads from News of the World

Independent.ie reporters

The list of major companies withdrawing advertisements from this Sunday's News of the World is growing in the face a campaign to boycott the tabloid over the alleged phone hacking scandal.

The latest include Lloyds bank, the Co-operative Group, Virgin Holidays, Renault and influential parenting website Mumsnet.

They follow the suit of car giant Ford which earlier pulled its ads.

Lloyds TSB said the decision was a direct response to the growing backlash against the paper, which is also said to have intercepted voicemails of the parents of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman as well as the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

A spokesman said: "In recognising and responding to consumer reaction, Halifax has cancelled an advertisement in this Sunday's News of the World.

"This was a tactical decision in the short term whilst we carefully consider our longer term position and its implications."

The Co-operative Group, which initially stood behind the tabloid, also said it was suspending all promotions in the paper.

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