Piers Morgan, former editor of the Daily Mirror and current US TV personality, allegedly paid journalists to find dirt on Ian Hislop, after being mocked on a 1996 episode of ‘Have I got news for you.’
The claim unraveled in court yesterday during a trial of ex-Mirror reporter Graham Brough, who has been accused of monetarily bribing a prison officer for information.
Hislop was quoted as referencing Morgan’s activities in 2002, saying “all he’s been offering for information about my private life is a £50 reward. My friends think that’s not nearly enough.”
However according to Brough, Morgan was disappointed to find that Hislop led a “blameless life.”
Brough’s trial continues.