News of the World 'begged' charities to accept profits from final edition

Former defence editor says he made 'nearly 50 phone calls' before securing the three recipients

News of the World's final edition
News of the World's final edition

The News of the World’s former defence editor has revealed he had to "beg" charities to accept profits from the sale of the final edition of the paper.

In an article in the New York Times, Paul McNamara said he was responsible for giving away the profits from the sales of the newspaper.

"I had to beg," he wrote in the article. "All the charities said something along the lines of ‘Paul, we’re grateful for everything you have helped us with over the past two years, but we can’t. There are family members of dead servicemen on our board, and they will not accept News of the World’s money.'

"It took me from 4pm Friday to just about 4pm Saturday – nearly 50 phone calls in all – to find three charities that were happy to accept more than $1.5m [£933,000] each from us. I hope it serves them well."

McNamara wrote: "I’d never pondered what it would be like to divvy up more than $4.5m [£2.8m] before, but had someone asked, I would have assumed it easy."

The final edition of the newspaper raised £2.8m. The children’s charity Barnardo’s, the Forces Children’s Trust and military projects at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity are due to to receive about £933,000 each from its proceeds.

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