By Daniel Hunter

Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation boss, has said that the Sun on Sunday newspaper will launch 'very soon'.

The new tabloid will in effect replace the now redundant News of the World, which closed after the phone hacking scandal.

Mr Murdoch has also declared his 'unwavering support' for the Sun's journalists at News International's offices in Wapping, London.

In the latest twist surrounding the country's tabloids ten current and former senior staff at the Sun have been arrested since November in connection with alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

However, the decision to launch a new Sunday tabloid so soon to the phone hacking scandal, has been met with heavy criticism.

"It is massively premature because one would have thought the Murdoch empire would want to wait until Leveson had completed his inquiry and the the police and prosecuting authorities had completed their investigations," Labour MP Chris Bryant said.

"News International has tirelessly campaigned for people who have been charged to be suspended from public office and yet journalists who have been charged at News International are apparently not going to be suspended."

Mr Murdoch emailed all staff at the Sun confirming that the Sunday version would be launched soon

"We will build on the Sun's proud heritage by launching the Sun on Sunday very soon," he said in an email.

"Our duty is to expand one of the world's most widely read newspapers and reach even more people than ever before. Having a winning paper is the best answer to our critics."

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