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Rupert Murdoch "considering" end of 'The Sun's Page 3

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Rupert Murdoch has hinted that the days of Page 3 girls appearing in The Sun could be coming to an end.

The paper has previously resisted all calls from campaigners - including Labour MP Clare Short - to stop printing photographs of topless women on page 3, with its editor Dominic Mohan defending the feature as being an "innocuous British institution".

But Murdoch revealed in a conversation on Twitter that he is "considering" the future of Page 3.

The first copies of the new Sun on Sunday newspaper

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After a fellow Twitter user commented that Page 3 was "so last century", the News Corporation chief executive responded: "Page three so last century! You maybe right, don't know but considering. Perhaps halfway house with glamorous fashionistas."

A News International spokesperson gave a 'no comment' statement to The Guardian on the future plans for Page 3.

Page 3 has featured in The Sun since 1970 and is also part of several other tabloid papers, such as Richard Desmond's Daily Star.

The page has spawned the careers of various celebrities, including Samantha Fox and Jordan (Katie Price), but it has also attracted criticism.

Facebook campaign group 'No More Page 3' claims that Page 3 is an outdated, sexist throwback to the 1970s, and they have targeted supermarkets with protests for selling the paper.

Rupert Murdoch

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Rupert Murdoch

Editor of the Sun Dominic Mohan

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Editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan



The campaign has launched a petition calling on Mohan to "Take the Bare Boobs Out of The Sun", which has attracted more than 64,000 signatures.

The group has also staged protests outside the offices of The Sun publisher News International.

'No More Page 3' will no doubt have been heartened by the actions of Germany's Bild newspaper last year. Coinciding with International Women's Day in March 2012, Bild stopped featuring topless women on its front cover.

The paper had published pictures of more than 5,000 'Bild Girls', but a topless blonde named Eva was the final model to appear on the front page of the mass circulation title.

In an editorial at the time, the paper said: "It is perhaps a small step for women, but a big step for Bild and men."

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