Piers Morgan to return to TV screens to present nightly show on new Rupert Murdoch channel
Piers Morgan, who will be getting a new global TV show on News UK's channel, says he is 'thrilled to be returning to News Corp'
Piers Morgan is set to return to TV screens early next year, presenting on a new current affairs TV channel launched by Rupert Murdoch's News UK, it has been announced.
The announcement comes just weeks after Morgan said he'd had "loads" of job offers following media regulator Ofcom's ruling that his former show, Good Morning Britain, was not in breach of the broadcasting code over controversial comments he made about Meghan Markle which which sparked more than 50,000 complaints.
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As well as the new TV show, the 56-year-old will also publish two weekly columns online for the New York Post and the Sun, and present a series of True Crime documentaries.
In addition to this, HarperCollins UK has signed world rights for Morgan's new book and will publish in hardback, audio and digital formats.In a statement, TalkTV says it will offer a combination of “hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries”.
Launching in early 2022, the channel- which is a new deal between News Corp and Fox News Media will be available to watch live and on-demand, as well as on TV and other devices.
Following the announcement, Morgan said: “I’m thrilled to be returning to News Corp, which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago.
"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."
News UK already owns a range of media outlets in the UK, including The Times, The Sun and talkRADIO.
Rupert Murdoch added: "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."
Speculation about Morgan's future career moves remained high following his exit from his presenting role on Good Morning Britain in March.
The controversial host left the show after saying he did not believe claims made by the Duchess of Sussex during her sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During Meghan’s interview with Winfrey, she said she was ignored when she raised concerns about her mental health and suicidal thoughts, and alleged that racist comments had been made before the birth of her son Archie.
Discussing the interview on Good Morning Britain the following day, Morgan said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
At the start of September, he said the number of job offers he has received “accelerated” after his comments about Meghan were found not to have breached the broadcasting code.
Morgan said: “I have had loads of offers and they have accelerated in the last 10 hours, as you can imagine, and I will take my free speech campaign around the world and all I require is to have an employer who believes in it as passionately as I do.”