Rupert Murdoch hires Piers Morgan for new TV show to air in Australia

London: Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal that includes a new TV show in early 2022, newspaper columns and a book contract.

Murdoch said in a statement on Thursday, local time, that Morgan was “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire”.

Piers Morgan’s new show will air on Sky News Australia.Credit:PA

“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling,” he said.

The 56-year-old’s TV show will air on weeknights on FOX News Media’s streaming service FOX Nation in the United States, Sky News Australia and on talkTV, a new British channel that will launch early next year.

TalkTV will debut less than a year after GB News launched in June, aimed at challenging what it cast as the London-centred consensus of the British media. It has since struggled to secure large audiences, and its chairman and lead presenter Andrew Neil announced his resignation on Monday.

Murdoch’s new channel, which will be available on linear and internet television, will feature presenters from his radio stations talkRADIO, talkSPORT, Virgin Radio and Times Radio, and newspapers The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

Morgan, who previously edited Murdoch’s defunct News of the World tabloid and hosted a show on CNN, resigned from British broadcaster ITV’s breakfast show after he said in March he did not believe Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, when she told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that she had endured racist and unkind comments from members of the royal household.

More than 50,000 people complained about his comments, but Britain’s media regulator ruled that ITV did not break the broadcasting code on the grounds that Morgan was challenged by other presenters.

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