Piers Morgan Set for On-Air Revival With Trump Interview

Piers Morgan Set for On-Air Revival With Trump Interview



LONDON—News personality Piers Morgan is set to return to television screens Monday with a new show whose debut episode features an interview with former President Donald Trump.

The British journalist and broadcaster’s program, “Piers Morgan: Uncensored,” is set to air on Fox Corp.’s Fox Nation streaming services and News Corp’s new U.K. TV venture TalkTV.

The two companies in September announced that Mr. Morgan had signed a global deal to appear on outlets across Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, including TV and columns for the Sun and the New York Post newspapers.

Mr. Murdoch and his family are significant shareholders in both Fox Corp. and News Corp, which owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Murdoch is chair of Fox Corp. and executive chairman of News Corp.

Mr. Morgan has tweeted a trailer for the new show in recent days in which he puts to Mr. Trump that he lost the last election, before the former president ends the interview early and storms off the set.

Mr. Trump has denied that series of events. “Piers Morgan, like the rest of the Fake News Media, attempted to unlawfully and deceptively edit his long and tedious interview with me,” he said in a statement posted to his website.

“He wanted to make it look like I walked out on the interview when my time limit of 20 minutes went over by an hour,” Mr. Trump added.

Mr. Morgan has responded on Twitter that it was “a great interview” and that he loved Mr. Trump’s statements.

The addition of Mr. Morgan to the Fox Nation roster could bolster the direct-to-consumer business at a time of tough competition among streaming services. Fox Nation, which launched in 2018, has more than one million subscribers, the Journal has previously reported.

Rival CNN+ recently said it would shut down its operations just a month after it launched, a sign of new owner Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.’s lack of faith in the viability of a subscription-based stand-alone news platform.

In the U.K., Mr. Morgan’s show is the headline act for TalkTV, a new news and opinion channel backed by News Corp, which will be free to watch on various TV and streaming services. The launch marks the return of Mr. Murdoch to British TV broadcasting nearly four years after the sale of his 39% stake in U.K. pay-TV giant Sky PLC to Comcast Corp.

The channel enters a competitive British media landscape dominated by longstanding broadcasters, including the British Broadcasting Corp. and ITV PLC. Other presenters lined up for TalkTV include media personality Sharon Osbourne.

A spokesman for TalkTV didn’t respond to a request for comment on the launch.

Mr. Morgan said last month that he wanted his daily show, which will be broadcast from London, to be a “platform for lively vigorous debate” and to “annoy all the right people.”

The launch is an on-air revival for Mr. Morgan, a TV host, writer and editor whose winding career has included stops at tabloids newspapers and ITV in the U.K., and CNN and “The Celebrity Apprentice” in the U.S.

No stranger to controversy, Mr. Morgan abruptly left his last presenting role, on ITV’s daily magazine show “Good Morning Britain,” amid a backlash over his remarks about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

Mr. Morgan said he didn’t believe Ms. Markle’s comments about having suicidal thoughts, and he walked off the set after an argument with his co-hosts. He later said it “was not for me to question if she felt suicidal” but reiterated that he didn’t think she was credible.

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