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Piers Morgan allegedly ordered journalists to find dirt on Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop

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.

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