British journalist Piers Morgan in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2019 in CaliforniaVALERIE MACON
The News Corp group of Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News in the United States, announced on Thursday that it is setting up a new channel in the United Kingdom to broadcast a “heated talk” show by journalist Piers Morgan, competing with the conservative GB News which launched in June. .
TalkTV will be launched in early 2022 by the British subsidiary News UK, which publishes the tabloid The Sun, the newspaper The Times and the radio TalkRadio which gives a great place to the polemics between conservatives and progressives and “cultural wars”, specified the group of the magnate. 90 years old.
The channel will broadcast a program hosted by Piers Morgan, a 56-year-old bigmouth star presenter known for his virulent protests, on Twitter in particular, targeting the supposed political correctness and the “woke”, this desire to say that he is aware of the oppressions experienced by the minorities.
Quoted in a statement, the journalist presented his show as a “fearless forum for heated debate” and “celebrating the right of everyone to have an opinion”.
“Piers is the presenter that each channel wants but does not have the courage to hire,” said Rupert Murdoch.
This niche is similar to that occupied by the GB News channel launched in June with the ambition to give a voice to those who would be forgotten by the traditional media, such as the pro-Brexit.
Despite shows presented by opinionated hosts and themes often revolving around immigration, she initially rejected comparisons to Rupert Murdoch’s ultra-conservative Fox News.
Recording confidential audiences, she moved to a more right-wing line with a show entrusted to Europhobe Nigel Farage, a trend that would have led to the recent departure of political journalism heavyweight Andrew Neil.
Piers Morgan’s daily show will also air on Fox Nation in the US and Sky News Australia.
Within News Corp, he will also publish columns on the sites of the British tabloids The Sun and the American New York Post and will present documentaries on various facts.
The journalist joined the News Corp group where he was editor in chief in the 1990s of the News of the World, a tabloid later closed following a resounding wiretapping scandal.
He also returns to the United States, where he participated in the America’s Got Talent telecrochet and then succeeded the legendary Larry King on CNN until 2014.
In March, Piers Morgan had left the morning of the ITV channel after the broadcast of a shock interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, where the Duchess spoke of her suicidal thoughts and complained that she had not received any help from the part of the royal family.
“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word of what she says,” he said. “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
These remarks were at the origin of more than 50,000 complaints, never seen before, with the audiovisual regulator, which then cleared the channel of any violation.