Britain’s Piers Morgan to join Fox News Media after quitting his last job over comments from the Dutch
LONDON (AP) – UK presenter Piers Morgan will join News Corp and Fox News Media and host a TV show that will air in the United States, Britain and Australia, the company said Thursday.
News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said Morgan, 56, is “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.” Murdoch added in a statement: “Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented reporter and speaks what people think and feel.”
The show is being billed as the prime-time draw on the new talkTV channel, which is slated to launch in the UK in early 2022. It will also air on FOX Nation in the US and Sky News Australia. Morgan said he would also become a columnist for The Sun and The New York Post.
Morgan said his new show would be a “fearless forum for heated debate and talks to set the agenda,” and praised Murdoch for standing up for free speech.
Morgan left Britain’s ITV in March after triggering a record 50,000 complaints from viewers with controversial comments about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Morgan has said he doesn’t believe Meghan’s claims – made in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey – about how the monarchy ignored her mental health issues.
The British media watchdog said earlier this month Morgan’s comments may have offended some, but did not violate the broadcasting code.
The presenter began his media career at News Corp about three decades ago and worked for tabloids including News of the World.