Simon Kelner: Americans give up their right to bear Piers Morgan

Agood few years ago, when the world was a different place, I was on an aeroplane with Piers Morgan on the way back from a press trip to Morocco. Also in the party was a TV personality who had his own show on Channel 4. Piers had already been defenestrated as editor of the Daily Mirror, and the first edition of his diary, The Insider, had just been published (I know this because Piers had been walking round the hotel carrying a copy to enable anyone to recognise him). Somewhere over the Med, Piers idly wondered what would happen if the plane went down. Not in the sense of the grief that would be left behind, or the tragedy of lives cut short. No, what Piers was musing on was whether it would be him or the TV star who would be the first name mentioned in the news reports. "I'm afraid you'd just be 'also on board'," he told Dom Joly (for it was he), and sat back in his seat, smiling that smug grin.

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In defence of Piers Morgan: The ex-Mirror editor has some unlikely champions

When news first broke of Piers Morgan's threatened deportation, the usually divisive Jeremy Clarkson was on hand to capture the public sentiment in Morgan's home country, tweeting "Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse [sic] don't send him back," while a Keep Piers Morgan in the USA petition has attracted 7,209 signatures to date. The reason stated on the petition? "No one in the UK wants him back" Plus: "It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react."

Clockwise from top right: White balloons decorate the sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary School, alleged gunman Adam Lanza, a woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service and Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed in the shooting

Connecticut School Shooting: Piers Morgan and ‘Morgan Freeman’ agree; the media should focus on the victims, not the perpetrator

In the wake of the tragic murder of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut people have understandable been looking for answers and ways to prevent such a tragedy from recurring.

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CNN was keeping silent last night as phone-hacking claims against the Daily Mirror’s publisher refocused attention on Piers Morgan, the tabloid’s ex-editor who now has his own talk show on the US network.

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New low for Piers Morgan as show brings worst-ever ratings to prime CNN slot

Less than 18 months after stepping into Larry King's shoes at CNN, Piers Morgan's ratings have bombed to the lowest 9pm primetime levels the network has seen in the 21 years it has been collating audience data.

Erin Burnett: 'Smart, entertaining, and ahead of the news,' is how CNN describes its 7pm anchor. The public must see things differently, given this respected (but perhaps monochrome) former financial journalist's prime-time show draws only 409,000 viewers - of which a woeful 46,000 belong to the 24-54 demographic that advertisers covet

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Lord Mandelson yesterday told the Leveson Inquiry that he believed the Daily Mirror had commissioned a private investigator to obtain his bank details and place his elderly mother under surveillance.

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