LONDON: The Wall Street Journal, now part of the News Corporation media empire, is to begin printing in London later this month.

A limited 3,500 run of the US edition of the august business title will be available to executives in the capital's financial district five hours ahead of its publication across the pond.

The international expansion of the WSJ was flagged by NewsCorp chairman/ceo Rupert Murdoch when he bought the title's parent company, Dow Jones, for $5.6 billion (€3.59bn; £2.8bn) last year.

It will also provide useful addiitional fodder for the mogul's new all-singing, all-dancing UK newspaper printing plant, claimed to be the world's largest. 

He has already introduced a WSJ branded page into his Down Under broadsheet The Australian, while Dow Jones ceo Les Hinton says the company plans to extend its footprint in Asia.  

Rah-rahs Michael Bergmeijer, MD of Dow Jones' consumer media group in Europe: "We're offering the US edition of the WSJ to London readers in a particularly significant year for global business and political issues, with the credit crunch crisis and US elections making front-page news most days."

It will be sold alongside the European edition of the paper.

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