Piers Morgan to testify to British probe: CNN

15th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is to testify to the British inquiry into media ethics next week, the US broadcaster said Thursday.

The former British tabloid editor is set to testify Tuesday to the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics, culture and practices of the British press, according to media reports.

A CNN spokeswoman confirmed he will testify next week but gave no more details, and a spokesman for the inquiry in London said the official list of people testifying would not be released until Friday.

Morgan, who moved to the US to take on the CNN job at the start of this year, has been urged to return to London to answer questions about phone hacking, after allegations involving the newspaper he used to edit.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative chairman of the British parliamentary media committee, said in August that Morgan had some "very serious questions to answer."

He was speaking after Heather Mills, the ex-wife of Paul McCartney, claimed on a BBC TV program that a senior journalist at the Mirror Group of newspapers admitted in 2001 to hacking her voicemail.

The BBC declined to name the journalist but said it was not Morgan, who was editor of the group's flagship Daily Mirror newspaper at the time.

However, Morgan had reportedly admitted in a 2006 newspaper column to have been played a voicemail message left by McCartney for Mills.

In a statement at the time, Morgan dismissed Mills's claims as "unsubstantiated" and said the BBC had informed him that the journalist she had identified was not employed by the Daily Mirror.

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