'Many charities' advertise in final edition of News of the World, says newspaper

Sunday tabloid says charities are taking up free offer despite fallout from the phone hacking scandal

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Many charities have taken up the News of the World’s offer of free advertising in the last edition of the paper this weekend, according to the newspaper.

In the wake of the phone hacking revelations, James Murdoch, chair of News International, which owns the News of the World, released a statement yesterday saying this Sunday’s edition would be the paper’s last.

He said all revenue from the issue's circulation and advertising would go to good causes.

An employee in the News of the World’s customer services department, who declined to give his full name, said "so many" charities had taken up the offer of free advertising.

"We’re still taking information from charities," he said. "There’s loads that have said yes."

The employee declined to give the names of any of the charities or confirm how many there were. Many charities had contacted the paper to ask for advertising space after seeing reports of the offer in the press, he said.

Charities including the RSPCA, the Brooke, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the British Heart Foundation and the Royal British Legion have told Third Sector that they will not be advertising in the paper.

A spokesman for the Disasters Emergency Committee, which will make the decision on behalf of its 14 member charities as it is currently holding its East Africa Crisis Appeal, said it was considering the News of the World’s offer.

Help for Heroes refused to comment.

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