Edited by: Fern Sidman
Controversial UK media commentator and news editor Piers Morgan is returning to his roots in the infotainment industry. It has been reported that the former ITV Good Morning Britain host has now inked a global deal with Fox News Media in which he will be host an international television news program. This essentially translates into Morgan working for media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who just happens to be the guy who gave him his first big break in the industry decades ago. Murdoch made Morgan one of the youngest national newspaper editors in UK history on the News Of The World, according to a report on the deadline.com web site.
Morgan had previously stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain over responses to comments he made about the mental health of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
New Yorkers might be particularly enthused about Morgan’s career move because as part of the deal Morgan will now be penning opinion columns for the New York Post which is a Murdoch publication. He will also be submitting columns to the UK Sun. Yahoo News reported that Morgan will also be presenting a series of true crime documentaries
It is noteworthy to mention that at approximately the same time that Morgan announced his new gig with Murdoch, deadline.com reported that News UK said its TV channel would include “proper hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries” and would feature talent from the News UK stable, which currently includes the likes of Chris Evans and Graham Norton.
Yahoo reported that the show that Morgan is scheduled to host will air on Fox Nation in the U.S., talkTV in the U.K. and Sky News Australia. It will be filmed at New U.K.’s studios in London Bridge. Winnie Dunbar Nelson, who worked with Morgan at CNN and “Good Morning Britain,” will executive produce the show, which will be available for syndication in other global territories.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to News Corp, which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago,” Morgan said, as was reported by Yahoo News. “Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together. I want my global show to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.
“I’m also delighted to become a columnist for The Sun and the New York Post, two brilliantly successful and popular newspaper brands,” Morgan added. “I’m going home and we’re going to have some fun.”
Yahoo News also reported that Rupert Murdoch, who serves as executive chair of News Corp, said: “Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire. Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling. He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the U.K., at Fox Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post.”
Under the new deal, HarperCollins will publish a follow-up book to Morgan’s 2020 novel “Wake Up.”
Deadline.com reported that confirmed the deal with his own Twitter post that’s included a picture of himself and Murdoch signing the deal.