Murdoch promises Sun on Sunday 'very soon'
By Daniel Farey-Jones, mediaweek.co.uk, Friday, 17 February 2012 01:12PM
Rupert Murdoch has told Sun staff that the Sun on Sunday will be launched "very soon".
Murdoch has emailed staff (see the email below) in addition to visiting News International’s UK offices today to talk to staff in the wake of several arrests of Sun journalists on suspicion of corruption.
In the email the News Corporation chief executive stresses his backing for the paper and commits to lift any suspensions of arrested staff "until or whether charged", with News Corporation covering their legal expenses. He also promises to stay in London "for the next several weeks".
The arrests were made as part of Operation Elveden, one of three Metropolitan Police inquires looking into phone-hacking, bribery and computer hacking.
The police were acting on information passed to them by News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee, the body charged with examining internal evidence of wrongdoing by journalists.
Earlier this week we reported News International was seeking to reassure key advertisers and agencies that it is business as usual at The Sun despite the arrests of another five Sun journalists on 4 February.
Murdoch's email reads:
I have immense respect for our heritage, your exceptional journalism and, above all, you, the talented women and men who work tirelessly every day to ensure our readers have access to such a trusted news source. I believe this newsroom is full of great journalists and I remain grateful for your superb work and for the stories you uncover to inform and protect the public. None more so than over the last three weeks.
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