Piers Morgan: Tabloid editor turned TV star

Piers Morgan has both broken stories and has become one repeatedly throughout his varied media career.

he 57-year-old former tabloid editor, who launches his new show on TalkTV on Monday, has found success in both the UK and US with his strident opinions and aggressive interview style.

In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.

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Piers Morgan with journalist Andrew Neil in 2006 (Joel Ryan/PA)

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Piers Morgan with journalist Andrew Neil in 2006 (Joel Ryan/PA)

Soon after, he joined the Daily Mirror, which he edited from 1995 to 2004, and left following controversy over whether footage purporting to show British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners was false.

Morgan then entered the world of television, appearing as a judge on America’s Got Talent in the United States in 2006.

He also won the US celebrity version of The Apprentice in 2008, during which he appeared alongside future US President Donald Trump.

He then landed his own show in the country on CNN called Piers Morgan Live.

The program, which regularly featured lively debates on topics such as gun control, ran from 2011 to 2014.

The following year, it was announced that Morgan would join Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on ITV, the channel which also broadcasts Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

The show saw Morgan interview celebrities including captain Sir Tom Moore, Gemma Collins and former boxer Chris Eubank.

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Piers Morgan with singer Katy Perry in 2009 (Zak Hussein/PA)


Piers Morgan with singer Katy Perry in 2009 (Zak Hussein/PA)

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Piers Morgan with singer Katy Perry in 2009 (Zak Hussein/PA)

Good Morning Britain became known for its combative interviews during Morgan’s time on the presenting team.

He was able to use his connections with Mr. Trump to secure the first international interview with him in 2018.

In 2021 he made headlines after quitting the ITV breakfast show following an on-air clash with weather presenter Alex Beresford over the Duke and Duchess’ interview of Sussex with Oprah Winfrey.

Morgan said he did not believe Meghan’s claims about the headline-grabbing special, with her comments prompting more than 50,000 complaints, the most in Ofcom’s history.

The watchdog later ruled that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast code following Morgan’s comments.

Since leaving the show, no permanent replacement has been announced, with Richard Madeley and others appearing in a rotating cast of guest presenters.

In September 2021, Morgan announced he was launching a global show, Uncensored, which will air via TalkTV in the UK, Fox Nation in the US and Sky News in Australia.

The project will reunite him with Australian-born media mogul Murdoch.

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