Piers Morgan to testify in UK hacking scandal

2011-12-16 14:46
Los Angeles - CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is to testify to the British inquiry into media ethics next week, the US broadcaster said on Thursday.

The former British tabloid editor is set to testify on Tuesday to the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics, culture and practices of the British press, according to media reports.

A CNN spokesperson confirmed he will testify next week but gave no more details, and a spokesperson for the inquiry in London said the official list of people testifying would not be released until Friday.

Morgan, who moved to the US to take on the CNN job at the start of this year, has been urged to return to London to answer questions about phone hacking, after allegations involving the newspaper he used to edit.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative chairperson of the British parliamentary media committee, said in August that Morgan had some "very serious questions to answer".

He was speaking after Heather Mills, the ex-wife of Paul McCartney, claimed on a BBC TV programme that a senior journalist at the Mirror Group of newspapers admitted in 2001 to hacking her voicemail.

The BBC declined to name the journalist but said it was not Morgan, who was editor of the group's flagship Daily Mirror newspaper at the time.

However, Morgan had reportedly admitted in a 2006 newspaper column to have been played a voicemail message left by McCartney for Mills.

In a statement at the time, Morgan dismissed Mills's claims as "unsubstantiated" and said the BBC had informed him that the journalist she had identified was not employed by the Daily Mirror.

Comments

  • Silvana - 2011-12-17 07:53

    You're through to the next round!

  • Catherine - 2011-12-17 20:58

    For readers not fully aware of Morgan's "credentials," he was an entertainment reporter for The Sun (1989–94), and editor of News of the World (1994–95) and the Daily Mirror (1995–04). He did plenty of damage to people's reputations at all of them, and laughed about it all the way to the bank. Lying, gossip, unfounded innuendo, going for the jugular...­the whole ball o' wax. After having practically been run out of Britain on a rail (Iraq photo hoax), Morgan took Simon Cowell's advice and moved to the U.S. where American viewers don't really know his tawdry tabloid history. Now Morgan's sordid past is being exposed along with every other low life at NOTW, etc. Without a public acknowledge­ment--inde­ed, an apology for deceiving the public during his years as a presence at not one but three notorious British tabloids--­I don't think Morgan will ever be able to wash the stink off himself from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalist­s. Now he's trotting himself out as a quality but "dangerous­" mainstream interviewe­r on CNN. Shame on CNN for hiring this disreputab­le and lame excuse for a journalist­. It’s a sad day for journalism when Piers Morgan is considered “quality journalism­.”

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