Piers Morgan, host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. A tense and sometimes hostile Piers Morgan refuses to disclose details about the most damning link between himself and Britain’s phone hacking scandal — his acknowledgment that he listened to a phone message left by Paul McCartney for his then-wife Heather Mills. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LONDON (AP) — CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan was an extremely hands-on tabloid editor who must have known that phone hacking was rife at his paper, a former employee claimed Wednesday.
Business journalist James Hipwell said voicemail interception was an everyday activity at Britain’s Daily Mirror, where he worked in the late 1990s as a columnist providing stock tips.
Hipwell told a British inquiry into media ethics that while he had no direct evidence that Morgan, the Daily Mirror editor at the time, was involved in the practice, he said it was impossible to imagine that Morgan had been kept in the dark.
“Nothing happened at the newspaper without him knowing,” Hipwell testified, speaking a day after Morgan was grilled Tuesday in a tense, nationally televised hearing before the inquiry.
Before his U.S. television career, Morgan ran two British tabloids — Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World, between 1994 and Login to read more