Domain Names Give Away News International Sunday Newspaper Ambitions

The recently registered domain names sunonsunday.co.uk and thesunonsunday.co.uk have been transferred to News International reports The Guardian following speculation about who registered them after the controversial closure of Britain’s largest selling Sunday newspaper News of the World.Mired in phone hacking allegations of murdered teenager Millie Dowler by people acting on behalf of the NotW and attempting to wrest control of the 60 per cent of BSkyB it does not own, News International decided to close the newspaper to deflect some of the problems.The domain names were registered on behalf of an unnamed registrant “the day after the Guardian revealed that a private detective acting for the News of the World hacked into the murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s voicemail, but before News International announced that it was to close the paper after 168 years when advertisers and politicians turned against it.”The Guardian also reports that News has not taken control of all the relevant domains having not “so far acquired control of what could be seen as a related domain, Sunonsunday.com, which was created much earlier, in September 2007, and is owned by Marco Milani, the bassist in the group Sun on Sunday. Thesunonsunday.com is owned by an unnamed British individual, and was also registered on 5 July.”