Piers Morgan: From tabloid editor to TV personality

Piers Morgan has both broken stories and become one multiple times during 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 interviewing style.

In 1994, at the age of 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch.


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

Shortly thereafter, he moved to the Daily Mirror, which he edited from 1995 to 2004, leaving after a controversy over whether images allegedly showing British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners were fake.

Morgan then moved into 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, in which he starred alongside future US President Donald Trump.

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

The program ran from 2011 to 2014 and regularly held lively debates on topics such as gun control.

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.

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On the show, Morgan interviewed celebrity guests including Captain Sir Tom Moore, Gemma Collins and former boxer Chris Eubank.


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

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

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

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

Morgan said he doesn’t believe Meghan’s claims from the headlines special as his comments sparked more than 50,000 complaints, the most in Ofcom’s history.

The watchdog later ruled that Good Morning Britain had not breached the Broadcasting Code because of Morgan’s comments.

No permanent replacement has been announced since his departure from the show, as Richard Madeley and others appear in a rotating cast of guest presenters.

In September 2021, Morgan announced he would be launching a global show, Uncensored, which will air on 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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