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News Corp. Said to Prepare Start of Sun on Sunday Newspaper

February 20, 2012

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch told employees of the U.K. Sun tabloid that a Sunday version of the newspaper will be started soon, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In a memo to staff, Murdoch also said that ten Sun journalists suspended from their jobs following arrests tied to a police investigation into bribery would be allowed to return to work until they have been charged with a crime, the person said, declining to be identified because the matter is not public.

A Sun on Sunday publication would replace the News of the World Sunday tabloid that was closed last year amid a phone- hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. unit. Discontent in the Sun newsroom is growing after the Management and Standards Committee, formed by New York-based News Corp. to assist police in their investigations of phone-hacking and bribery, said it handed over information that led to the arrest of the Sun journalists.

--With assistance by Erik Larson, Tariq Panja and Robert Hutton in London. Editors: Simon Thiel, Kenneth Wong.

To contact the reporters on this story: Amy Thomson in London at athomson6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net


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