Smith, left, and Sherriff pose for a photograph outside The Sunday Post building on Fleet Street in London. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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Three decades after media mogul Rupert Murdoch instigated its demise as the centuries-old home of Britain's newspaper industry, London's Fleet Street bade farewell Friday to its last two journalists. Known as the "Street of Shame," Fleet Street once housed thousands of reporters, editors and printers working for the country's biggest national papers as well as international and provincial publications.While the British press is still collectively known as "Fleet Street," from Friday there will no longer be any working journalists there after the Scottish-based Sunday Post newspaper closed its London operation."Anyone interested in journalism and mass newspapers realizes that Fleet Street is the heart of it all," said Murdoch when he bought the News of the World tabloid in 1969 .But he was at the heart of its decline when in 1986 he moved his newspaper stable, which by then also included the Times and Sunday Times broadsheets and the Sun tabloid, to a new purpose-built operation in east London, where new technology replaced the hot metal printing presses.
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