February 17th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Murdoch to launch new Sun on Sunday paper amid crisis

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch told staff at his embattled The Sun newspaper in London Friday that the company will launch a Sunday edition, as he seeks to rein in a crisis over alleged misconduct, News International confirmed.

Murdoch's visit to News Corp.'s London subsidiary, News International, follows the Saturday arrests of five Sun journalists as part of an inquiry into alleged illegal payments to police and officials.

Staff at the paper have reacted angrily to the arrests and internal investigations of their journalistic practices, which they have likened to a witch-hunt.

The launch of a Sun on Sunday newspaper to replace the News of the World, a sister paper to The Sun that was shuttered amid a phone-hacking scandal in the summer, had been widely rumored.

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  1. hope

    Murdoch needs to give it up...

    Better yet, lock him up!

    February 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agree 100%!
      Hopefully, the people won't buy this version of what we know will be just a version of NOTW.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Well the rich & mighty do have the gall to thumb their noses at commoners.
    Good morning @ banasy and fellow bloggers.

    February 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good afternoon, saywhat.
      How are you, sir?

      February 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. !

    If I were Poopert I'd be more worried about the impending mutiny of staff than opening another paper. Some of these people know where the bodies are and wont take the bribes.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Money buys a lot of loyalty.

      February 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    I am very well thank you @ banasy and hope you are looking after yourself.
    have a great day all.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |