Murdoch Heads to Sun Offices

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Rupert Murdoch said Saturday that he will not shut down the daily tabloid The Sun, after five employees were arrested earlier in the same day. Murdoch, the paper's owner, said that he will visit the paper's offices next week. The arrested are believed to be picture editor John Edwards, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, reporter John Sturgis and associate editor Geoff Weber. They are suspected of having bribed police officers and allegedly covering up those bribes. News International chief executive Tom Mockridge issued a memo to Sun staff saying “The Sun has a proud history of delivering ground-breaking journalism.” With a circulation of over 2 million as of October 2011, The Sun has the highest daily readership of any newspaper in Britain—but high circulation did not stop News International from shutting down The Sun’s sister paper, The News of the World, which stopped printing in July in an attempt to end the ever-growing scandal.