Fox News has signed a global deal with controversial firebrand media personality Piers Morgan to host a daily TV program in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
Alongside his new TV program, Morgan will be writing columns in newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch and releasing new books through HarperCollins publishing.
The decision by Fox News to bring in Morgan is a groundbreaking one and is sure to send shockwaves through the media world. Morgan is by no means conservative, but he isn’t so far left that his fit at Fox News is in question.
A big part of the decision to bring in Morgan likely revolves around the circumstances of Morgan’s exit from Good Morning Britain, where he previously worked.
Morgan quit Good Morning Britain after backlash over his comments on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Morgan was willing to go against the grain, and while it may have led to his exit from Good Morning Britain, it opened better doors.
Morgan issued a statement following the deal, saying, “Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together. 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’s firebrand style will be a perfect fit for Fox News, but it is yet to be seen how Fox viewers will take to Morgan.
It is important to remember that Morgan is no partisan and will shred anyone, Republican or Democrat, that he wants.
Murdoch issued a statement saying, “Piers 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.” Only time will tell exactly how accurate this statement will be when Morgan begins his show in 2022.