Rupert Murdoch hoping for over two million Sun on Sunday readers this weekend
RUPERT Murdoch has declared he would be "very happy" if sales of the Sun on Sunday exceed two million copies.
The newspaper tycoon took to Twitter to express his hope that the latest News International title - which goes to print for the first time tomorrow - will enjoy similar success to the defunct News of the World.
The penultimate issue of the title, which ceased publication at the height of the phone hacking scandal in July last year, sold around 2.7 million copies.
Sales increased to 3.8 million for the final edition of the newspaper, which included a 48-page pull-out featuring front pages from the paper's archives, including some of the most famous scoops dating back over its 168 years.
Today Mr Murdoch tweeted: "The Sun: great speculation, sweeps, etc on Sunday's sale. I will be very happy at anything substantially over two million!"
Mr Murdoch flew to the UK last week and is expected to stay for the launch of his new publication.