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First Sun on Sunday out this week

The Sun on Sunday will publish for the first time this weekend, News International has announced.

An internal memo sent to all staff at Rupert Murdoch's company said the media mogul will be in London for the launch.

The email said: "Rupert Murdoch said during his visit on Friday that a new Sunday title would be published 'very soon' - and that is a week from today. Rupert will be staying in London to oversee the launch."

Speculation about a Sunday edition of the biggest selling UK daily newspaper has been mounting since the closure of the News of the World after the hacking scandal.

The email from Tom Mockridge, News International's chief executive, acknowledged the parent company's previous wrongdoing and said it was "fundamentally changing".

It read: "The commitment of News Corporation to invest in a new edition is the strongest possible message of support we could wish for. This is our moment. I am sure every one of us will seize the opportunity to pull together and deliver a great new dawn for The Sun this Sunday."

Mr Murdoch flew into the UK on Thursday to take personal control over the latest scandal to hit one of his titles. The following day he moved to quell growing disquiet at The Sun by lifting the suspensions of all arrested staff.

An article in The Sun announcing next week's launch declared: "Just as we promised when The Sun first rose in 1969, the new edition will not be produced for pundits or politicians, of whatever shade. It will be produced for you."

Sun editor Dominic Mohan told the newspaper it was a "truly historic moment" in newspaper publishing and said he was proud to be part of it. The tabloid has been rocked by the arrests of 10 current and former senior reporters and executives since November over alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

David Wooding, former political editor of the News of the World, told Sky News: "Mr Murdoch came round the editorial floor on Friday and said he was launching it very soon. We heard rumours of a date in April. This evening, astonishingly, we are told it's going to happen next week."


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