Sun newspaper to launch Sunday edition this weekend

February 22, 2012 by  

News International is set to launch The Sun on Sunday this weekend to fill the gap in its portfolio caused by the now-obsolete News of the World.

Rupert Murdoch announced that the first edition of The Sun on Sunday would run from Sunday 26th February 2012. The front page of The Sun announced the new paper with the following statement:

“Next weekend will see the birth of the first ever Sunday edition of your favourite newspaper. Rupert Murdoch announced last week that The Sun on Sunday would be coming ‘very soon’. Now that momentous new dawn is here.”

The news of the launch of The Sun on Sunday has been met with mixed reactions, with some parties claiming that this paper will simply pick up where the News of the World left off after being forced to close over the phone hacking scandal. However, the fact that News International is producing another paper could create print industry jobs.

The Sun on Sunday will be printed at the print works already used by News International, meaning extra work at their own print plants as well as using Johnston’s print works in Dinnington and Portsmouth. Skilled workers who have made a career out of working for printing companies in nearby Southampton may have the opportunity to revitalise their career by working for one of the print companies assigned to print The Sun on Sunday.

News International have not confirmed whether The Sun on Sunday will create any more jobs in the printing or journalism industries, although speculation is already starting as to how the operation will cope with the extra workload.