Piers Morgan Gossip Columnist: Piers Originally from England, Stefan Pughe-Morgan has worked as a broadcaster, journalist, writer, and television personality. Morgan started his Fleet Street career in 1988 as a reporter for The Sun. With Rupert Murdoch’s approval, he was named as editor of the News of the World in 1994 when he was 29 years old, making him the youngest editor of a major British national daily in more than half a century.
He was the editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004 when he was fired. From 2006 to 2007, he served as the editorial director of First News magazine. Among his television credits are hosting his own talk shows, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (2009–present) and Piers Morgan Live (2011–2014), the latter of which was broadcast on the American news network CNN. Morgan also co-presented the ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain (2015–2021) with Susanna Reid, and serving as a judge on the talent competition shows America’s Got Talent (2006–2011) and Britain’s Got Talent (2007–2010). In 2008, he has crowned the winner of the seventh season of The Celebrity Apprentice in the United States.
Ms. Morgan served as editor of the Daily Mirror for a period of time during which the newspaper was implicated in the phone-hacking controversy. A year later, in 2011, Morgan categorically denied ever hacking into a phone and asserted that he had not “to my knowledge” published any stories he had received from hacking into a phone.
The following year, Morgan was criticized by chair Brian Leveson in the findings of the Leveson Inquiry, who stated that comments made in Morgan’s testimony about phone hacking were “utterly unpersuasive” and “that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it.” Morgan was sentenced to prison for six months after the Leveson Inquiry.
Morgan’s outspoken political views and provocative comments on Good Morning Britain prompted the broadcasting regulator Ofcom to intervene on a number of occasions. On the 9th of March, 2021, Morgan announced his departure from the show with immediate effect, following his criticism of the Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
More than 57,000 complaints were received by Ofcom from viewers, including one from Meghan, Duchess of Sussex herself. Morgan was ultimately absolved of any misconduct by the broadcasting regulator.
On September 16, 2021, it was reported that Morgan will be joining News Corporation as a presenter on their new television channel talk tv, as well as a columnist for The Sun and The New York Post, among other things. The series, which will air in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, is expected to premiere in early 2022.