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LONDON, (KUNA) — The last journalists were leaving Fleet Street, in central London, Wednesday, marking the end of an era in the history of British newspapers, the BBC said.

Staff from the Reuters news agency are leaving Fleet Street, once home to the biggest names in the British press for more than 100 years.

Rupert Murdoch, a former editor at Reuters, was giving a reading at a memorial service at Fleet Street”s journalists” church Saint Bride”s.

Murdoch is the publisher of a group of leading papers such as The Times and The Sunday Times.

He led the exodus from Fleet Street by moving his News International printing presses to Wapping, east London, in 1986.

Jeffrey Goodman, a former assistant editor of the popular Mirror newspaper told the BBC that the loss of the Fleet Street community had changed the face of newspaper journalism.

He said &#34what used to happen is reports and journalists from the Daily Express, the Mail and the Mirror would go into the same coffee shops and would exchange their stories.&#34 &#34They would gossip about them and that sort of cross fertilisation of thought helped to create a real force, equality and style of journalism that quite frankly is missing today.&#34 &#34You can almost feel today when you read anything in newspapers it lacks that input which you only get when you have a kind of community spirit that existed in the old Fleet Street,&#34 Goodman added.

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