Murdoch: 'Sun has been tremendous force for good'

All News International staff today received a commemorative edition of The Sun on Sunday with this (pictured above) special wrap cover.

It features News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch reprising the photograph taken when he took the first edition of the modern era Sun off the presses 43 years ago.

Sun editor Dominic Mohan revealed in a Sunday Times diary column yesterday that the first he knew that the Sun on Sunday was to launch yesterday was when he was called up to See Rupert Murdoch the previous Sunday.

Although dummies are understood to have been produced, The Sun on Sunday does appear to have been created from scratch in under a week.

In a hand-written note to NI staff, which appears on the back of the souvenir issue, Murdoch said: ‘Sunday, February 25th was a truly historic day – when The Sun became available seven days a week. Now, every day is a Sun day!

‘For 43 years The Sun as been a tremendous force for good. Its success speaks for itself.

‘It is the most popular paper in the English language. Our loyal readers are overjoyed that their beloved newspaper is now available to brighten and inform their lives every day.

‘Thank you so much for pulling together to deliver this first edition. It’s a fantastic achievement – one we, and our readers, call all be proud of. Best wishes for a long and great future.”

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