Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Sun To Launch Next Week

The News Corp boss will stay in London to oversee the launch of a Sunday edition of The Sun next week. That’s the replacement for the corporation’s previous Sunday tabloid, News Of The World, which was shuttered in July after it became the focal point of what is now a wide-ranging phone-hacking scandal. In an email to Sun staff Sunday, Tom Mockridge, the CEO of News Corp’s UK newspaper division News International, said “every one of us will seize the opportunity to pull together and deliver a great new dawn” for the newspaper. The news comes after Murdoch flew to London on Friday to meet with Sun employees and play peacemaker after eight journalists were arrested for allegedly bribing police officials. Sun staffers were prepared to revolt after learning that News Corp had provided police with evidence that led to the arrests. Murdoch lifted the suspensions of the journalists, said News Corp would cover their legal expenses and announced the launch “soon” of a Sunday edition. Said Mockridge in today’s email: “The commitment of News Corporation to invest in a new edition is the strongest possible message of support we could wish for.”

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