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Piers Morgan joins Rupert Murdoch’s media empire

The controversial British television personality said Thursday he had signed a deal with Murdoch’s News Corp and Fox News. He will launch a new TV show in early 2022 and join The Sun and New York Post newspapers as a columnist.

The TV show will air in the UK on talkTV, a new channel announced Thursday, as well as Sky News Australia and the Fox News streaming service Fox Nation in the US. Morgan will also write a new book with News Corp publisher and affiliate HarperCollins and present a series of real-life crime documentaries.

“It’s great to join Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation after 28 years”, Morgan tweeted. “The place where I started my media career, with the boss who gave me my first big chance. We’re going to have a lot of fun …”

Morgan left ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” in March after targeting Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Morgan asked if she was telling the truth about her suicidal thoughts in a successful interview with Oprah Winfrey.

His comments sparked more than 50,000 complaints from viewers, but UK media regulator Ofcom recently ruled that he had not broken UK broadcasting rules.

Murdoch, who made Morgan the youngest editor-in-chief of a British national newspaper in 50 years by hiring him to lead News of the World in 1994, described him on Thursday as “the broadcaster that every channel wants but has. too afraid to hire “. Morgan hosted a show on CNN between 2011 and 2014.

“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and talks about what people think and feel,” Murdoch said in a statement. “He has many passionate fans around the world and we are looking forward to expanding his audience.”

Murdoch’s new talkTV could turn the news landscape in Britain upside down, which is typically characterized by modest and middling coverage. But its success is not guaranteed.

GB News, which has prioritized on-air personalities and opinions over direct news, has struggled since its launch in June. Earlier this week, former BBC reporter Andrew Neil announced he was stepping down as chairman of the channel.

News UK said talkTV would broadcast “hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as news, talk, opinion and documentaries.”

The launch marks a change in strategy. In April, the company told employees that launching a “traditional” news channel “was not commercially viable.”