Murdoch domain buy hints at replacement Sunday tabloid

Signs of News International's publications are seen at a plant July 7, 2011, in London. Getty Images

Signs of News International's publications are seen at a plant July 7, 2011, in London.
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London's new Sunday newspaper may be a close cousin of the London Sunday newspaper that's folding this week..

The announcement Thursday that the News of the World, Rupert Murdoch's Sunday-only U.K. tabloid, would publish its final edition this weekend has sparked rumors that The Sun, another Murdoch-owned British newspaper, would start publishing on Sundays in its place. The Sun currently runs Monday-Saturday.

The registration of the online domain name TheSunOnSunday.co.uk Tuesday, two days before News of the World's collapse was announced, appears to prove the rumors correct.

News of the World's shuttering came while the newspaper was mired in a phone hacking scandal that sparked a police investigation and prompted advertisers to abandon the newspaper and a prominent veterans group to cut off ties with it.

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Daisy Dunlop, a spokeswoman for News International, the parent company for News of the World and The Sun, denied rumors of The Sun's expansion.

"It's not true at the moment," she told The Associated Press. At the moment?

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On Twitter, however, news of the recently registered TheSunOnSunday.co.uk website was spreading. But the site's owner hasn't been revealed.

"TheSunOnSunday.co.uk" (& .com) reg'd on 5th July 2011: http://t.co/LHpSPw2 #notwless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Dunlop told The AP that the around 200 employees laid off by News of the World's shuttering would be able to apply for other jobs within the Murdoch media empire.

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  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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