Rupert Murdoch's "Sun on Sunday" tabloid rolled off the presses for the first time on February 26, 2012, replacing the defunct News of the World with a pledge to meet high ethical standards. The first Sun on Sunday included an interview with Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden. The Sunday edition of the Sun went on sale for 50 pence (79 cents), half the price of the News of the World. Murdoch previously said that he would be happy with a circulation for the new paper of “substantially” more than 2 million.
"Reports early, but new Sun edition sold 3m!" Murdoch had tweeted late Sunday. On Monday, he followed that up with: "Amazing! The Sun confirmed sale of 3.260,000 copies yesterday. Thanks all readers and advertisers. Sorry if sold out - more next time."
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