The Page Three feature in the Sun was started in 1970
The Sun newspaper will no longer feature topless women on Page Three, the Times has reported.
The Times, which has the same publisher as the Sun, said it understood Friday’s edition of the Sun was the last which would carry images of topless women, although they would continue online.
Page Three has been a Sun feature for 44 years but has been criticised for being sexist and outdated.
The Sun’s press office would neither confirm nor deny the reports.
Dylan Sharpe, the Sun’s head of public relations tweeted: “Page 3 will be in the Sun tomorrow in the same place it’s always been – between page 2 and page 4.”
The Sun had already stopped carrying topless images at weekends, and sometimes did the same during the week.
Page Three of the Sun featured model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in lingerie on Monday and Hollyoaks actresses Jennifer Metcalfe and Gemma Merna appeared in bikinis on a beach on Tuesday.
The Times, which is a News UK title, said the paper had decided to quietly drop the feature. It reported that News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch is understood to have signed off the decision.
The topless images have long drawn protests from campaigners, with an online petition attracting more than 215,000 signatures.
Source:: BBC Entertainment