"Having a winning paper is the best answer to our critics," Rupert Murdoch wrote in an email to the embattled staff of The Sun as he announced a Sunday edition of the tabloid where five editors were arrested last week. Murdoch also said those arrested could return to work -- a move The Guardian reports mollified workers who had been on the verge of a mutiny.
The soon-to-launch Sunday Sun takes the place of News of the World, the Murdoch-owned Sunday tabloid that shuttered last summer in a scandal over its reporters secretly listening to (and deleting) the voicemail of a teenage murder victim. Murdoch spent the day at his East London headquarters and reportedly dropped by the Sun newsroom as he tried to reassure staff that their paper wouldn't face the same fate as News of the World. In his email to the staff, which The Guardian reprinted in full, Murdoch said the Sunday Sun would "build on the Sun's heritage, and promised to back the journalists who'd been arrested. "We are doing everything we can to assist those who were arrested – all suspensions are hereby lifted until or whether charged and they are welcome to return to work. News Corporation will cover their legal expenses. Everyone is innocent unless proven otherwise."