Hiring spree raises rumours over 'Sunday Sun'
THE possibility of Rupert Murdoch launching a replacement Sunday newspaper for the defunct 'News of the World' (NOTW) increased yesterday as News International created a series of new senior jobs.
The posts are for senior roles on 'The Sun', which is widely expected to launch a Sunday edition early next year, sources said last night.
The most likely editor would be Victoria Newton, the former deputy editor of the NOTW and currently the third most senior figure on 'The Sun', which is edited by Dominic Mohan.
News International is anxious to retain the services of a number of senior NOTW staff, whose abilities are seen as valuable to a future Sunday tabloid. "These jobs have been ring-fenced for former 'News of the World' people," said one journalist from the company.
News International last night denied that was the intention. "There are no plans to launch a Sunday version of 'The Sun' at the moment," said a spokeswoman.
Speculation on the launch of a Sunday edition of Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper emerged in July in the immediate aftermath of the closure of the NOTW over the involvement of some of its journalists in phone-hacking.
Later that month, Mr Murdoch's son James told a parliamentary committee investigating the phone-hacking scandal that the company had "no immediate plans" to launch a replacement Sunday paper. Rupert Murdoch told the same committee that News International was making "every effort" to find posts for the 283 people who lost their jobs.
News International insiders anticipate that the company will launch a 'Sunday Sun' early in the New Year when rivals will have less advertising revenue to spend on marketing. (© Independent News Service)