UPDATE: Rupert Murdoch denied the Financial Times report about the delayed launch of a new publication via Twitter. On Tuesday, he asked if F.T. stood for "Financial Times or Fawlty Towers," and called the "Sun on Sunday story today 100 per cent wrong."
News Corp.'s launch of Britain's newest Sunday newspaper has been delayed due to more arrests at the company.
The Financial Times reported that four journalists at The Sun were arrested by the law enforcement team investigating illegal payments from members of the press to the police. The Sun is owned by Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire is the center of the phone hacking scandal that has rocked the British press, police and political establishment.
Now, the company is delaying the launch of a Sunday version of the Sun. The company had been planning to launch the weekend paper to replace the now-shuttered News of the World. Revelations that the tabloid had listened to the phone messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler blew the British phone hacking scandal wide open in July. The new publication was reportedly slated to launch on April 29.
A spokesperson for News International, the British subsidiary of News Corp., had declined to comment on "speculation" about a new paper. In a statement, the company said that the most recent arrests came as a result of "proactively" providing information to the police investigation on bribery.
The complete events of the phone hacking scandal:
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