1. Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan (born Piers Stefan O’Meara; 30 March 1965), known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist and television personality currently working as the US editor-at-large for Mail Online.
2. Morgan is the editorial director of First News, a national newspaper for children published in the UK.
3. The show replaced Larry King Live in the 9:00pm timeslot following King’s retirement. In the UK, he presents Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (2009 present) and Good Morning Britain (2015 present).
4. Morgan began his career in Fleet Street as a writer and editor for several British tabloids, including The Sun, News of the World and the Daily Mirror.
5. Piers Morgan was born Piers Stefan O’Meara on 30 March 1965 in Newick, East Sussex, England, to Vincent Eamonn O’Meara, an Irish-born dentist, originally from County Offaly, His father died when Piers was one year old, and his mother remarried.
6. He took his stepfather’s surname and became known as Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan.
7. He attended the independent school Cumnor House Morgan studied journalism at Harlow College.
8. After a brief career at Lloyd’s of London, he joined the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group in 1985, where he worked as a reporter on the South London News, and the Streatham and Tooting News.
9. Morgan was recruited (he says headhunted by editor Kelvin MacKenzie) to join The Sun, to work on the Bizarre column.
10. Morgan’s first high profile post in the British media was as the main writer of “Bizarre”, The Sun ‘ s show business column, while the newspaper was being edited by Kelvin MacKenzie.
11. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, becoming the youngest national newspaper editor in more than half a century. He quickly gained notice for his prying, forthright style and lack of sympathy for celebrities’ privacy, claiming that they could not manipulate the media to further their own ends without accepting the consequences of a two-way deal.
12. The incident was reported to have contributed to Morgan’s decision to leave for the Daily Mirror editorship. Morgan’s autobiography The Insider states that he left the News of the World of his own choice and somewhat against owner Rupert Murdoch’s wishes when he was offered the job of Editor at the Daily Mirror.
13. As editor of the Daily Mirror, in 1996 Morgan was forced to apologise on television for the headline (rendered in upper case) “Achtung Surrender!
14. A 16 million package of investment in the title was rolled out from January, including the dropping of “Daily” from the masthead in February, which was later reversed.
15. Roy Greenslade wrote in August 1999 that Morgan’s editorship “has made a huge difference: his enormous enthusiasm, determination and focus is a major plus”.
16. In 2000, Morgan was the subject of an investigation after Suzy Jagger wrote a story in The Daily Telegraph revealing that he had bought 20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen soon before the Mirror ‘s “City Slickers” column tipped Viglen as a good buy. Morgan was found by the Press Complaints Commission to have breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism, but kept his job.
17. The “City Slickers” columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, were both found to have committed further breaches of the Code and were sacked before the inquiry concluded. On 7 December 2005, Bhoyrul and Hipwell were convicted of conspiracy to breach the Financial Services Act.