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Piers Morgan will appear before Leveson Inquiry next week


By Stephen Lepitak, -

December 16, 2011 | 2 min read

Former Daily Mirror and News Of The World editor Piers Morgan will appear at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards next week.

His appearance was confirmed by a CNN spokeswoman in New York, where he is based for his TV chatshow, Piers Morgan Tonight, on the American news channel.

Morgan is expected to be questioned about his own public statements about celebrities, phone hacking and his experience at the helm of two of the country's best-selling newspapers.

Morgan has denied all suggestions that he was aware of phone hacking by his journalists.

Sky News recalls that Morgan was involved in a dispute with Conservative MP Louise Mensch quoted his autobiography during a culture select committee hearing - suggesting the book contained an admission of encouraging hacking.

Mensch later apologised for her "error" saying she had "mis-read" an article in the Daily Telegraph.

Morgan is expected to give evidence by video link from New York.

Morgan was appointed editor of the News of the World, at 28, making him the youngest tabloid newspaper editor in history.

He was editor of the Daily Mirror for more than 10 years but was sacked in 2004 after the newspaper conceded that photos it published apparently showing British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.

Morgan claimed in a GQ magazine interview in 2007 that phone hacking was "widespread" and that "loads of newspaper journalists were doing it" when Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire were jailed in January of that year.


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