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Piers Morgan's latest brush with hacking inquiry

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking at the Mirror newspaper group - although it is not the first he has been linked to the hacking scandal.

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking in December Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In his memoirs, published in 2003, the former Daily Mirror editor appeared to suggest he knew all about phone hacking, and he then repeated those stories to the media when he gave interviews.

Then he appeared before Lord Leveson at his inquiry in late 2012, and said that absolutely no hacking took place under his editorship at the Daily Mirror, going back on all those earlier suggestions.

Morgan is now based in the US, but flew back to the UK in December to be questioned by police, after being approached by officers belonging to Operation Golding which was set up to look into voice message interception.

The Mirror Group deny that any kind of hacking occurred at their newspaper group.

Morgan spokesperson confirms hacking interview

Piers Morgan has confirmed that he was interviewed by officers investigating phone hacking in December.

Metropolitan Police said a 48-year-old journalist was "interviewed under caution", although a spokesman refused to confirm the name of the individual.

In a statement to The Guardian through a spokesperson, Mr Morgan said:

In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the UK.

This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013.

Morgan, who is now a presenter on CNN, was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 until 2004.


Piers Morgan questioned by phone hacking police

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan. Credit: PA Wire

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been questioned under caution about phone hacking, Press Association sources have confirmed.

"A 48-year-old man, a journalist, was interviewed under caution on 6 December 2013 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails," a Metropolitan Police spokesman told ITV News.

"He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station. He was not arrested."

Piers Morgan: 'Trust' issue never raised with Pietersen

Broadcaster Piers Morgan says he has been told by sacked English cricketer Kevin Pietersen that "the issue of trust" was never raised with him between his "rehabilitation and sacking".

Piers Morgan claims 'Kevin Pietersen has been sacked'

Broadcaster Piers Morgan claims that his friend Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for the upcoming one day tour of West Indies and the World Twenty20 next month.

The former Daily Mirror editor was highly critical of the ECB's decision:


Morgan on Twitter racism: 'Culprits will be dealt with'

Broadcaster Piers Morgan was also subjected to abusive tweets after he joined calls for police and Twitter to take action over the abusive messages aimed at Collymore.

The former tabloid editor tweeted:

Morgan: Norton and Ross are not great interviewers

Piers Morgan has blasted rivals Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross' interview skills, saying only he could interview people for hours at a time.

The former Daily Mirror editor, known for making his guests cry on ITV show Life Stories, rated retired host Michael Parkinson for being able to switch between comedy and interview.

Piers Morgan reckons he is the best interviewer as his rivals are all former comedians, not journalists. Credit: PA

Morgan boasted: "I'm the only person who sits down with people on TV for two or three hours to truncate to a one-hour show. So I think I'm almost in a category of my own."

The 48-year-old told the Radio Times: "I can't compete with Graham Norton for the comedy he brings and I think he's got a terrific show. Or Jonathan Ross. Or Alan Carr. They're all entertainers and comedians, really.

"They're not any of them particularly great interviewers. I don't think they profess to be. Parky could do both."

Corrie legend Julie Goodyear regrets her Rovers Return

Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear said she regrets her short-lived return to the soap to revive Bet Lynch because it was like being on "a conveyor belt".

The 71-year-old returned to the show in 2002, but lasted little over a fortnight because she struggled to cope with the changes in the workload.

Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear's interview with Piers Morgan can be seen on ITV tonight. Credit: ITV/Piers Morgan's Life Stories

In an interview for Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Goodyear claimed she had not been informed about how the demands of filming had altered since she had left the show seven years earlier.

The actress said: "When I walked in, it was like being on a conveyor belt. We'd always had rehearsal. We'd always had make-up and costume and everything. I had about 27 Rovers scenes and we started at the end."

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Julie Goodyear is on ITV tonight at 9pm.

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