Piers Morgan: Host praises 'free speech' after Ofcom ruling
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After Ofcom’s announcement on September 2, Piers said he has been “inundated” with job offers, and fans have suspected that GB News bosses would have been at the top of the list. GB News and Piers Morgan are both known for championing freedom of speech and condemning the ‘woke’, and fans have said the two would be a perfect marriage.
In an interview on the day of Ofcom’s verdict, Piers said: “I’ve had lots of offers, and they’ve accelerated in the last 10 hours, as you can imagine.
“I will take my free speech campaign around the world.
“All I require is to have an employer who believes in it as passionately as I do, because free speech matters, freedom of expression matters.”
He added: “We live in a democracy.
“It matters that you’re allowed to have an opinion in this country.
“The woke brigade have spent the last few years telling everyone ‘you can’t say what we don’t agree with, act like we don’t agree with, watch things we don’t agree with, laugh at things we don’t agree with’.
“I’m done with it.”
A staggering 88 percent of people think Piers should be the new face of GB News, according to a poll of 2,109 people carried out by Express.co.uk between 12pm September 2 and 7pm September 6.
When Piers tweeted on Monday 6 September he will be “back on TV soon”, many fans commented that they hoped he would be seen on GB News.
One twitter user speculated that Piers would be “Number 2 to @Nigel_Farage at @GBNEWS perhaps”.
Another fan thought he will take on the “prime time slot on GB News”.
Piers’ wife, Celia Walden, said most people thought he would be keen to snap up a GB News offer.
But she explained he was not keen, relaying his thoughts: “Of course they asked, but I’ve had lots of offers and it’s not as if I need a platform.
“I have eight million Twitter followers, although, for what it’s worth, I think GB News are on to something and will succeed in the end.”
GB News journalist Mark Dolan said in a broadcast: “The decision by the broadcast regulator Ofcom not to punish Piers Morgan and GMB for his remarks about Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview, is good news not just for Morgan, but for anybody, seeking to speak truth to power.”
He added: “Today’s verdict matters because if broadcasters and journalists, like me, have to self-censor for fear of punishment, or if they get thrown under the bus by employers for simply doing their job and having an opinion, then major questions would have to be raised about whether we have free speech at all.
“This verdict is one-in-the-eye to the woke warriors and the cancel culture caliphate.”
The Ofcom ruling is monumental for the world of news and television, giving journalists a new margin to measure freedom of speech by, and Piers has described it as a huge “victory”.
Ofcom officials wrote: “Ofcom is clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.
“The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.
“The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.”
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Despite the vindication of Piers’ comments, ITV have confirmed they will not be looking to rehire Piers on Good Morning Britain but will continue working with him on the TV show Life Stories.
An Express reader said: “ITV just don’t want to admit they were wrong.
“He is owed an apology, in the least.
“If I was Piers I would not want to work where I would have my job held over my head unless I changed my views.
“ITV lost in more ways than one, in my opinion.”
Another commented: “The programme has really failed since his departure, now becoming an early morning edition of loose women.
“There have been no journalists with any serious ability asking probing questions.”
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