New Piers Morgan show set to air on Sky News Australia after global deal with News Corp

Vocal British TV personality Piers Morgan has signed a global deal with News Corp and Fox Media that will see him host a new talk show to be aired weeknights on Sky News Australia.

Morgan’s return to his former boss, News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, also includes the show being broadcast in the UK and US as well as a new book deal through Harper Collins and two weekly online columns for The Sun and The New York Post.

The global TV show Morgan is set to host will launch at the start of 2022, to coincide with News UK’s new channel talkTV, and will also air on Fox Media’s streaming service Fox Nation in the US. The show will be produced and filmed at News UK’s studios in London.

Piers Morgan and Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp, said of Morgan that he 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,” Murdoch said.

Paul Whittaker, CEO of Sky News Australia, 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.”

Morgan’s career has featured has a number of high-profile incidents, including most recently walking off set of his live breakfast talk show on British broadcaster ITV, after he was challenged by a co-presenter over controversial comments he made regarding The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

He was also sacked as editor of British tabloid The Daily Mirror in 2004 after publishing fake photos of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners on the publication’s front page.

On his appointment, Morgan said: “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.”

Morgan started his career under Murdoch and was appointed editor of News International’s then flagship tabloid, News of the World, aged 29.

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

Whittaker last week appeared as a witness in the media diversity in Australia senate hearing, after Sky News Australia had its YouTube channel banned for seven days in July, following a breach of the tech platform’s misinformation policy.

Earlier this month, Sky News Australia appointed Jenna Clarke as The Front Page’s new anchor, with Peter Gleeson taking on the role of Queensland editor at the network.


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