CNN host Piers Morgan drawn into hacking scandal
CNN host Piers Morgan drawn into hacking scandal
Updated on Sunday, July 24, 2011, 23:07

New York: Popular CNN host Piers Morgan`s name has been drawn into Britain`s media scandal with a former Mirror group journalist claiming that phone hacking was common at the Daily Mirror during the former`s time as its editor.

Morgan, who now hosts the popular `Piers Morgan tonight` was editor of the British newspaper The Daily Mirror until 2004.

James Hipwell, a former employee of the paper who worked under Morgan`s editorship, has claimed hacking into celebrities phones in search for scoops was common at the organisation though he was not particularly sure if Morgan knew about it.

Rattled by the allegations, Morgan, a former judge on British and American talent shows, denied he ever authorised hacking.

"I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, nor to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone," Morgan told The New York Times.

"I am not aware, and have never seen evidence to suggest otherwise, that any Mirror story published during my tenure was obtained from phone hacking," he said.

Hipwell was fired from the Mirror in 2000 over a scandal in which he was accused of buying shares before tipping them in the paper. He was convicted of market manipulation and served 59 days in jail.

"Piers was extremely hands-on as an editor... I can`t say 100 percent that he knew about it. But it was inconceivable he didn`t," Hipwell had told The Independent.

PTI

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