The successor to Larry King is facing calls from MPs in Parliament to testify concerning alleged phone hacking at the Daily Mirror, which Morgan edited through 2004 (Morgan is also a former editor of News of the World). Metro:
Mr Morgan, who now works on US television, needed to ‘explain what he knows about the vile practice of phone hacking and if he knew it was taking place at the Mirror’, said Conservative Douglas Carswell.
‘No celebrity is too grand to come and answer questions,’ he told political blogger Paul Staines, aka Guido Fawkes.
Mr Staines claims extracts from The Insider, a version of Mr Morgan’s diaries, refer to phone hacking.
Lib Deb MP Adrian Sanders claimed ‘the Daily Mirror, when under the auspices of Piers Morgan, is suspected of using voicemail interception to reveal Sven-Goran Eriksson’s affair with Ulrika Jonsson.’
The Daily Mirror has denied the claims, with publisher Trinity Mirror saying: ‘Trinity Mirror’s position is clear. Our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC code of conduct.’
Tory MP Aidan Burley said: ‘In the light of allegations about telephone hacking during his editorship of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan should be called to the inquiry.’