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Piers Morgan to join News Corp and Fox News Media in global deal

Piers Morgan will join News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal, launching a new TV show in early 2022. Morgan will also join The Sun and the New York Post as a columnist.

Piers Morgan to join News Corp and Fox News Media in global deal
Rupert Murdoch: “Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling.”

Following the success of his Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Wake Up, HarperCollins UK has, as part of the deal, signed world rights for Piers Morgan’s new title and will publish in hardback, audio and digital formats.

Piers will also present a series of True Crime documentaries.

Piers 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.

“I’m also delighted to become a columnist for The Sun and the New York Post, two brilliantly successful and popular newspaper brands.

“I’m going home and we’re going to have some fun.”

Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp, said: “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.

“He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the UK, at Fox Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post.”

Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp, said: “Piers believes passionately in the contest of ideas and the principle of freedom of speech, and he delivers his perspective with a pithy puckishness that is compelling for a broad and growing audience. He carbonates debate with wit, whimsy and wisdom.”

Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, said: “Piers is an exceptional talent. We look forward to him making an impact and exploring opportunities with him on all of our platforms, especially Fox Nation, where our subscribers will love his new show tackling the subjects everyone is talking about.”

Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive of News UK, said: “Piers will be the most brilliant primetime draw for our new talkTV service and a fantastic columnist for The Sun. Sun readers love Piers and I am delighted that he is back. Welcome home!”

Paul Whittaker, Sky News Australia Chief Executive Officer, said: “Piers Morgan is one of the strongest and most important voices in the media. Piers is fearless. We are delighted he will be joining the Sky News Australia line-up from early next year.”

Piers Morgan’s new show will air on talkTV in the UK, Fox Nation for US audiences, and on Sky News Australia. The show will be produced and filmed at News UK’s studios in London Bridge.

In the UK, News UK announced earlier yesterday that it will launch talkTV in early 2022. The new channel will be made widely available and will include a schedule of new shows and televised content from the existing stable of News UK brands. Other new shows for talkTV and details of where the channel will be available will be announced in the coming months.

Winnie Dunbar Nelson, who worked with Piers Morgan at CNN and at Good Morning Britain, is appointed as Executive Producer. The show will be available for syndication in other global territories.

Piers Morgan also joins The Sun and the New York Post as a weekly columnist.

Keith Poole, Editor in Chief, New York Post Group, said: “Piers Morgan is the perfect fit for The New York Post. We can't wait to get started with our newest Postie.”

Victoria Newton, Editor in Chief, The Sun, said: “Forget Ronaldo, this is the biggest comeback of the year.”

HarperCollins will publish the follow up to Sunday Times No1 bestselling book, Wake Up.

Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK, said: “There is simply no one better than Piers Morgan at getting people talking and thinking about the key issues affecting society today. We are excited to be working with Piers on his eagerly awaited follow up book.”

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