CNN said it’s backing Piers Morgan as scrutiny grows over his role as a tabloid editor in Britain, reports The Wall Street Journal. (Please note that the WSJ has a pay wall and not all readers may be able to access the story.)
Morgan debuted his show on CNN in January, stepping from an entertainment host into a role as a serious news host, the story notes. The scandal over phone hacking in Britain has raised questions about his past jobs at U.K. tabloids, including News Corp.’s now defunct News of the World, which he edited in the 1990s.
He also worked at the Daily Mirror from 1995 until 2004, the piece notes. Trinity Mirror, the owner of the Daily Mirror, is now reviewing editorial practices at all of its newspaper titles, although it has called allegations of phone hacking at the Mirror "totally unsubstantiated," the story adds.
"Piers Morgan has been firm and specific in his denial, and we continue to be supportive of his program," said a spokeswoman for CNN. The network declined to comment further. A representative for Morgan declined to comment beyond his prior public statements.
CNN has had ongoing internal discussions about the situation, with Morgan repeatedly reassuring executives that he never did anything illegal, the piece notes.