July 27th, 2011

Morgan Admits Running Stories From Hacking “Third Parties”
2009 Interview Refers to “Things I Used to Get Up To”

Piers Morgan ‘Desert Island Discs’ interview with Kirsty Young

First broadcast: BBC Radio 4, Sun, 7 Jun 2009

KY: And what about this nice middle class boy who would have to be dealing with I mean essentially people who rake through people’s bins for a living…

PM: Well I…

KY: People who tap peoples phones , people who take secret photographs…

PM: I know but…

KY: …who do all that very nasty down in the gutter stuff, how did you feel about that?

PM: Well to be honest lets put that in to perspective as well, not a lot of that went on. A lot of it was done…

KY: Really?

PM: A lot of it was done by third parties, rather than the staff themselves, that’s not to defend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work. I’m quite happy to be parked in the corner of tabloid beast and to have to sit here and defend all the things I used to get up to and I make no pretence about the stuff we used to do. I simply say the net of people doing it was very wide and a certainly encompassed the high and the low end of the supposed newspaper market.

Morgan of course is claiming this morning that he was speaking in generalities, clearly he wasn’t, he was talking about the things which in his words “I used to get up to”. In a very changed climate post the revelations of the Milly Dowler hacking, with criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic, he is now pretending otherwise…

More over at The Daily Beast.


  1. 1
    Gerry Mandering says:

    Though slippery, perhaps not slippery enough

  2. 2
    Footlights says:

    Not exactly the smoking gun you were looking for.

  3. 3
    Tom says:

    Oh is that it. We were all hoping for better.

  4. 4

    Piers would sell his granny to advance his own career, chinless, lying twat.

  5. 5
    prison welfare officer says:

    hello Piers….you really should get some sleep ……whilst not being disturbed by Big Mo in the top bunk….

  6. 6
    Adam says:

    Come on Guido, dig further, nothing would make us laugh as much as Mr Smug Oily Tosspot getting his collar felt. Wipe that shit eating grin off his multi chinned face.

  7. 7
    Anon E Mouse says:

    Sorry Guido, this is a bit weak; try harder. What about DMGT ?

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    So up to now we have:

    This interview.
    Extracts from his book.
    Allegations from former employees.

    I think it’s getting more and more conclusive.

  9. 9
    Ed Milimong And His Superfluous Extra Gene says:


  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    What time does Billy normally get to work?

  11. 11
    jimbo says:

    Bit disappointed Guido. You talked this up and it doesn’t live up to its billing.

    Just looks like you are out to get Morgan.

  12. 12
    Call me Infidel says:

    Just looks like you are out to get Morgan.

    Your point being?

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Admittedly, copying part of the publicly available Desert Island Discs isn’t quite as Watergate as was implied.

  14. 14
    purpleline says:

    Guido, I dislike Piers Morgan & will never forgive him for the Soldier front page lies. However, although I can understand the excitement around this snippet from Desert Island Disks, I believe it is not a smoking gun.

    He will hide behind the going through bins, photographs etc.

    Sorry, I think he will be ok on this one

  15. 15
    MattB says:

    It’s a complete contradiction of his tune so far.

    You have to admit, seeing him wriggle is fun!

  16. 16
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    This is delicious. All the lefty media pigeons coming home to roost as a direct result of RedEd’s ill-considered, hysterical rants and the grandstanding of the obese,foul-mouthed Tom Watson, “forcing”, Dave into ordering exactly the sort of enquiry that will do far more harm to the Left than the Right wing media. The situation is all the more enjoyable because it’s quite clear from the troll postings that they haven’t caught on to the shit-storm that is even now engulfing them.

  17. 17
    Not Nick Davies says:

    Turns out real investigative journalism takes more than re-reading Moron’s book and going back through old BBC transcripts. Having rather missed the boat on this story this just feels a bit desperate. And as others have noticed, you’ve missed the big Daily Mail elephant in the room.

  18. 18

    So far he hasn’t been willing to give us a signed confession. This is as close as it gets for now.

  19. 19
    50 Calibre says:

    Slippery when wet…

  20. 20
    BillyBob.... says:

    There may be trouble ahead………. but while there is music and………. Oh Piers, you have been such a naughty boy !!!!

  21. 21
    Phil says:

    As much as I loath Piers Morgan this doesn’t come close to being a smoking gun. I do hope that this is just a diversionary piece to soften him up and that you have something stronger, more specific for later this week

  22. 22
    smoggie says:

    Duh! No shit, Sherlock

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    “But now Fawkes claims he has a tape that contradicts Morgan’s denials. What does the tape say? How was it acquired – legally or illegally?”


    Illegally? Well, he just went onto http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs and copied it. It doesn’t seem to be illegal?

  24. 24

    I do not understand the problem that some people have with clear evidence that does not have to be obtained illegally.

    Look up the definition of sufficient. This may seem pedestrian but it does the job of proving that the statements put out by Morgan in the last few days simply don’t hack it.

    What else do you want? Blood on the carpet?

    Guido found it – you didn’t. So shut the fuck up, or get better.

  25. 25
    Precious says:

    Guys, nothing needs to be directly pinned on Morgan. Rather, you simply need to get eyes shifted onto Trinity Mirror, and in particular the Daily Mirror.

    The rats will scarper from the already sinking ship and look to save their own careers. This is merely helping to light the blue paper.

  26. 26
    jimbo says:

    Not Nick Davies has it spot on. Guido, you had us believe you had scoured your contacts book, rooted through bins or secretly recorded a HUGE scoop.

    In fact you’ve just re-listened to an old interview.

    Who said investigative journalism was dead eh? Must. Try. Harder.

  27. 27
    You've been Mensched says:

    In my next ‘novel’ I’ll make you a newspaper editor who is skilled in getting his journalists to hack (because he’s too scared to engage in the practice himself), but bad in bed!

    Just like in the real world.

  28. 28
    Rick the Roman says:

    Umpires usually call “play” around 11

  29. 29
    Barnehurst Bob says:

    Ok, it’s not a killer fact, but it is another piece of the jig saw. Morgan will regret saying it. Another of his boasts about his importance has helped to seal his fate. CNN will be calling him in to the office for a chat without coffee soon.

  30. 30
    Shelley Wordsworth says:

    There’s not much left for Mr Morgan
    Caught with pants down, hand on organ
    Will he hide from all the stress
    And be like Gordon, one shit less?

  31. 31
    Dorian Smith says:

    You do have to question why the BBC didn’t ‘listen to an old interview’ themselves, either they are incompetent journalists who couldn’t find something right under their noses or they knew about it and suppressed it.

    Perhaps if it’s not about News International, their heart’s not in it.

  32. 32
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Just focusing on the Trinity Group whale for now. Once Morgan and Toilets are trussed, stuffed, and ready for roasting, there will be time for the smaller fry.

  33. 33
    Grannies 'r' us says:

    Sale now on

  34. 34
    Felldoom says:

    Oh yes a man who lied and got caught lies again wall to wall on TV that I and millions others are forced to pay for but that’s OK! as long as a paper that I don’t have to pay for or read copes it instead because you don’t like it’s views!

  35. 35
    Bob Maxwell says:

    I scarpered from a ship and look what happened to me!

  36. 36
    Postal Vote says:

    Beeb will not attack Mirror because Mirror is a labour-supporting paper while labour are the most generous political party for beeb. It’s that simple

  37. 37
    Wazza says:

    This suggests that maybe they were all at it to some degree but perhaps not at the level of the NOTW and maybe NI nor maybe for the same reasons? This blog is surely not trying to deflect attention away from NI and their bosses?

  38. 38
    pissed off voter says:

    It may not be a smpking gun, but the gun is not always necessary.Every little snippet is another step in the relentless march to Morgan’s downfall.

    I look forward to a double celebration when both Morgan and Huhne face a jury. I am however concerned by the CPS who, historically, have seemed most reluctant to prosecute the ‘celebtity’ and political classes.

  39. 39
    misterned says:

    “Not exactly the smoking gun you were looking for.”

    Why not? If Coulson had said exactly the same thing, then that would be enough for the BBC and the labour party and all their fuckwit ‘celeb’ acolytes to be demanding that Cameron resign.

    So considering the hysterical outbursts from the left over tenuous and several-steps-removed and as yet, still unproven accusations about Coulson, Cameron and Murdoch et al, it is clearly sufficient that this direct admission of involvement in using material from hacked sources should be sufficient for Morgan to be sacked.

  40. 40
    confused says:

    So the term ‘hacking’ now means looking in bins. Get real it means hacking into computers, phones etc Piers is guilty as hell

  41. 41
    misterned says:

    And that is a damned site more than we have so far to prove Coulson’s knowlege of hacking and yet the hysterical left have been calling for Cameron to resign.

    IF Coulson had said exactly what Morgan said in this interview, what do you think the BBC, Miliband, Hugh Grant, et al would be saying now?

  42. 42
    @camilla_saurus says:

    You need the little girl from the Haribo advert shouting ‘sign the ‘feshon’ at him.
    I’m almost sure that would work.

  43. 43
    misterned says:

    It’s more than has been proven about Coulson but that has not stopped the BBC running with the story 24/7 for a fortnight.

    Oh yeah, where is the BBC on this Morgan confession? Considering it is a confession in a BBC interview, why is this NOT news?

    How fucking blatant is the left wing bias now?

  44. 44
    misterned says:

    Yet this is far more than has been proven about Coulson. What would the BBC be saying now if Coulson said exactly what Morgan said in his interview?

    No smoking gun? So Guido running a blog openly and entirely based on rumour and gossip requires a smoking gun, but the BBC can run a full non-stop two week misleading, biased and one-side campaign of rumour and innuendo agaionst the Prime Minister, but does not require a smoking gun?


  45. 45
    misterned says:

    Yet this is far more than has been proven about Coulson. What would the BBC be saying now if Coulson said exactly what Morgan said in his interview?

    No smoking gun? So Guido running a blog openly and entirely based on rumour and gossip requires a smoking gun, but the BBC can run a full non-stop two week misleading, biased and one-side campaign of rumour and innuendo agaionst the Prime Minister, but does not require a smoking gun?


  46. 46
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Are you Coulson’s brother? Try this for size – Coulson AND Morgan were involved in what we’re talking about. I hope you realise you’re being as pathetic as the ‘hysterical left’ in trying to defend your boy.

  47. 47
    Alright, sunshine... says:

    So Piers had all the fried eggs as well??

  48. 48
    confused says:

    The CPS Yup their trick is to leave bringing charges for so long that they can then decide that it’s no longer in the public (for public read their mates) interest to proceed

  49. 49
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am going to London next year, to the Houses of Parliament!

  50. 50
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Tory scrapes barrel, read all about it. There are a lot of us out here misterned who despise ALL politicians and don’t think we have to choose between them.

  51. 51
    Meter Reader says:

    The giveaway of Piers Morgan’s twatness is that he was on ‘Desert Island Discs’. It always was a programme for posers but since Kirsty Young took over, it has become the home of ego-driven non-entities.

  52. 52
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    You know an anagram of your name is Nerds Time?

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    The issue is who’s phone they hacked. Like NOW did they hack victims phone? Did they pay police officers like NOW? Did they blackmail politicians?

  54. 54
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Next year you’re going to the care home Gordon, and there won’t be any expenses for ‘cleaning’.

  55. 55
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What a terrible accusation to make. True though.

  56. 56
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:

    Fuck off you fucking Lefty spunk bubble. Conspiracy to murder fellow human beings- how very fucking radical.

  57. 57
    Dorian Smith says:

    If Coulson had said the same thing and it was revealed in the past 24 hours, there’d be someone from the BBC outside number 10 and News International (the Beeb would probably throw in the odd helicopter as well), it would dominate the News Channel.

    The left would be on a feeding frenzy – twitter would be on overload with all the Pilgrims frothing at the mouth.

    Had Coulson said the same thing, it would have been revealed ages ago, of course.

  58. 58
    Jamess says:

    Nice that it came from a BBC source.

  59. 59
    BBC News Editor says:

    We have moved on. We are now concentrating on the link between Anders Breivik and the EDL – and we wont let the total lack of evidence stop us.

  60. 60
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:

    Fucking Lefty turd. Fuck off.

  61. 61
    BBC says:

    Kirsty Young will publish a full retraction at 10am.

  62. 62
    Southern Softy says:

    Please, please, please can it be Bad Al next?
    I’m fed up turning on the tv/radio and finding him ranting on.

  63. 63

    The left are fighting a phoney war, misterned. It is like the beginning of WW2 but I fear it will take much longer to get to the “end of the beginning”. That will be in 2015. After that, the real war will have to start.

  64. 64
    Meter Reader says:

    What’s wrong Guido? You’re appearing on Desert Island Discs too?

  65. 65
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    The unions kicked it off by ripping up a copy of the Sun, that the B-bbc made sure was shown over and over, they became the motor behind it, then the posh little puppet boy was bounced into committing his political career on it for short term gain.

    The effect was outstanding but not without its fuckups, like the unexpected sudden shut down of the NOTW, and the strong performance of the Murdochs at a trial that they thought they wouldn’t attend.

    Has it changed much in the way of things? Certainly in the near future Murdoch, and the British people, doesn’t get his alternative ‘news’ channel.

    Weather it was brave or foolhardy of the left is a moot point but the real question remains are the right stupid or brave enough to take on the institution that is far greater than Murdoch?

    NB The gurinad had nothing to lose, and every thing to gain, so don’t count.

  66. 66
    Andy Coulson says:

    Am holding me breath and rubbing me own arse, in an attempt to cure me hiccups and arse numbness. just realised this perhaps isnt the best thing to do whilst the blinds are still open. neighbours will think am a tory and will appear with an orange and a black sack in a min

  67. 67
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:

    You should change your name to “Fucking Fabianist Shitstain”. Then, fuck off. And when you get there, keep going.

  68. 68
    nell says:

    One gets the feeling that piers is wriggling on the hook.

    Or to quote another anology is about to be dumped on from a great height.

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer chap.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    In total, Cabinet ministers have had private meetings with Murdoch executives more than 60 times and, if social events such as receptions at party conferences are included, the figure is at least 107.

    On two occasions, James Murdoch and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were given confidential defence briefings on Afghanistan and Britain’s strategic defence review by the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox. A further briefing was held with Ms Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and the Sunday Times editor John Witherow.


  70. 70
    Hiram N Fireman says:

    The thing that still surprises me is that Jedward Millitwit does not shut up all his Labour nitwits in their righteous indignation competition. There are big, smelly skeletons in Brown, Balls, Watson’s closets. I would like to see the journos just dump it all into the public domain.

    The only issue that really annoys ordinary people is Milly’s phone being hacked. Apart from that, we know that nasty stuff goes on. We are even grown up enough to understand that rules need to be broken or bent in order to expose greater sins.

  71. 71

    Hardly a “smoking gun” , just another “stuff went on and everyone was at it” statement. Confirms what probably most of us believe but not enough to get him the sack let alone cause criminal charges. He was happy to retweet when I linked it in June anyway.

  72. 72

    And how many times did Gordon Brown meet them, in a much shorter period? What planet do you normally live on?

  73. 73
    Let sleeping dogs lie says:

    Tis all much too stupid. What if in 2021 MPs decide that bloggers in 2011 were breaking the law or even the comments are?

    What’s done is done and it is time to move on. That Twat Blair started all this off by apologising for the actions of British citizens hundreds of years ago. Where will it all end?

  74. 74
    Glenn Beck says:

    power to the Y*ds! Death to Nazi scum!

  75. 75
    Rahul Dravid (Indian Test Cricketer & stand up comedian) says:

    Blow Jobs.

    Helping Women pass Driving tests since 1902

  76. 76
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP says:

    I want his Yankee telly job.

  77. 77
    Big Dan says:

    Oh and that would be awful, wouldn’t it?

  78. 78
    Hiram N Fireman says:

    Keep up the good work BBC. I am generally underwhelmed by the bias but yesterday was unusually obvious – wall to wall Balls talking utter rubbish.

    It still amuses, however, because I cannot help but think that Balls is such an arse that he is doing much more harm to Labour than he is to the government.

    (It remains an axiom that Balls never did, is not doing, will never do anything of any benefit to the United Kingdom).

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t remember my moniker says: July 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Why don’t you tell us. If you have proof please link it so that every one can see.

  80. 80
    Mullsy says:

    Phone hacking has been illegal in the UK since before the time they started doing this. Back in the old days when you had a land line that was a Party Line – you were NOT allowed to listen in to the other parties calls. People did of course and the elimination of party lines came into effect as the network broadened.

    Phone hacking is illegal now, was illegal then and still is illegal. Let sleeping dogs lie? I don’t think so. It’s about time this was all cleared up and the sleazy underlings who do this kind of crap for their employers stand up and say no.

  81. 81
    Backwoodsman says:

    Very charitable view of the manifest failings and actions of the bbc there !
    Never in the history of broadcasting, have the commercial interests of the bbc management and the left leaning political views of the bbc ‘journalists ‘ come together with such a target of opportunity as the NI story.
    Their hysterical, over the top, reporting of the story, is deserving of a public enquiry all of its own.

  82. 82
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Forget the fact that it was desert island discs and it was instead the transcript of an exchange held at the culture, media & sport select committee. I think that would put it in a whole different light. Would Morgan repeat his answers at that venue? I think not. It is therefore very illuminating and worthy of mention. Guido’s on the money.

  83. 83
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is that a new arsehole i hear being torn?

  84. 84
    MB. says:

    Might not be proof but surely a responsible editor would have disassociated himself from any illegal activity rather than say they had it done by third parties. He seems more interested in saying that everyone was doing it, which is probably true of course.

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    I fucked Sally Bercow in the ass, hard. says:


  86. 86
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    and look at todays Mirror, story about Baroness Thacther.

  87. 87
    Backwoodsman says:

    Hi Tom. How many of the family are on the public payroll at present ? Is it six or seven ?

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    misterned says:

    Well why should we provide proof? Why can’t the labour party itself be as open and transparent about it’s own dealings with News International as Cameron has been?

    Something to hide?

  89. 89
    Annon says:

    Are you stupid? ….you’ve Got the job

  90. 90
    fnarr says:

    8:25 unhappy voter says: “I look forward to a double celebration when both Morgan and Huhne face a jury.”

    don’t you mean “a double penetration”?

  91. 91

    Sky news investigation into olympic tickets all EU countries have tickets which the law says they have to sell to anybody from any EU country
    she applied to Finland for tickets under her own name and was told no tickets were available
    She then applied in Finish and got a full list of tickets for most events she then purchased tickets for the womens decathlon ,Tom daily diving finals and the mens 400mtr finals
    the people in this country have been sold all the shite tickets while other EU countries have the cream

    Corruption rules in Europe !

  92. 92

    @Anonymong July 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Oh no, you are completely wrong. I did not say this. If you have posted this on a previous page then you are sockpuppeting.

    I have been round the block a few more times than you. I have seen more tricks than you probably ever will. I have been sockpuppeted many times on here before. It gave me time to think about it. I have for a long time logged all my comments so I can prove what I said and, more importantly, what I did not say. Try again, sunbeam!

  93. 93
    Cream Puff says:

    I wonder at what point that brand ‘Piers Morgan’ becomes toxic and CNN find that he is ‘not compatible’ with the News Network?
    Or for that matter ITV and BBC?

  94. 94
    misterned says:

    No, I am merely exposing the rank hypocrisy of those braindead unthinking people on the left who are repeating mindless allegations against Cameron Coulson et al, and, judging by your comment, and the nerve I have touched, I am doing so successfully.

    I am highlighting how when there is a tiny, several steps removed and unproven allegation against Cameron, that the left start baying for him to resign, but when an allegation against someone on the left is actually backed up by some (albeit barely a shred of a smoking gun, yet stronger than evidence against Coulson) evidence The left are shouting “pathetic, where is the smoking gun?”

    It is the LEFTIES who are exposing their own rank hypocrisy and inability to rationally compare the two cases.

    When I apply the same standards as the pathetic ‘hysterical left’, then YOU come out and claim I am pathetic…. Well you are actually showing what you know to be true of the standards of those on the left.

    Thank you for admitting that the lefties are pathetic hypocrites.

  95. 95
    Cutie says:

    And who’d have thunk it. Sitting there on the BBC’s archives all this time and no one bothered to look.

  96. 96
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Don’t look at The Mirror.

  97. 97
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It will all end when the media and labour stop being hypocritical. Neither are interested in the truth only their own agendas. They are pure bullshit.
    As for Piers Morgan, he is just hiding behind words. It’s amazing how people like Morgan like to dish it out, but when the tables are turned it’s never their fault. Bollocks is what I say!

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    He should be waterboarded. Form an orderly queue…

  99. 99
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Mandy will sort them both out.

  100. 100
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Maybe they didn’t understand english.

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    I don't need no doctor says:


  102. 102
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    They hacked my phone, I am a victim. Everyone is against me except my fellow Brothers and even some of them aren’t so keen.


  103. 103
    You are wrong says:

    RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act ) was born in 2000.

    And what’s more it is quite gobsmacking to see the list of state agencies that can legally hack your phone.


  104. 104
    The Mechanical Turk says:


    Rupert Murdoch appointed him the youngest editor ever of the News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling Sunday tabloid that Murdoch shut down July 10 amid the scandal after 168 years of publishing.

    “To be honest with you,” Morgan told Young, “when I first started I was 28. I was carefree. I didn’t really give things much thought.

    “I think that brought with it a bravado, courage, and daring that you wouldn’t get if you were 40. But it also brought a sense of slight abandonment about the reality of what you were doing to people. And I think that as I got a bit older and went through my own trials and tribulations, my view of the pleasure to be derived from that kind of thing began to diminish.”

    As they say: What goes around comes around …

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    misterned says: July 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

    If you cannot prove how can we believe what you are saying. As to Cameron, he is not transparent he is trying to hide things. Even the dates of the meeting were forced out of him. Cameron has even admitted he spoke about BskyB to Rupert and his gang.

    Brown is not running this country Cameron is, that is why I am interested in what Cameron did or does. I don’t think Cameron is fit and proper to run this country.

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    Was the Sun really wrong about Hillsborough?

  107. 107
    Snotrocket says:

    Mullsy, define ‘phone hacking’, as you understand it, and within the context of this debate.

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    He is a government MP; if it is true what is the government run by Cameron is doing about this?

  109. 109
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Wanker. Fucking Lefty fucking wanker.

    How very cool to take your name from a conspiracy to murder those with whom you disagree politically.

    A bit like that fucking Norwegian twat, then and exhibiting the usual degree of Lefty intolerance.

    What a fucking arse you are.

  110. 110
    The Mechanical Turk says:

    They named the jelly in KY’s honour.

  111. 111
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Don’t try and join in with the mocking of McDoom.

    You’re just a Fabianist shitstain. Your support for this fucking idiot helped get us in this fucking mess.

  112. 112
    Mike Hunt says:

    Ah yes, the non-bouncing fat Czech.

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    While the ‘hacking’ allegations are in the limelight it’s good to give Morgan the opportunity to take his place of the circular firing squad Guido has been referring to.

    I would have thought the cousins would also have been interested in the financial impropriety of the Viglen share tipping and faked pictures that endangered British servicemen. These are two areas they are usually seen as taking a particularly robust view on.

  114. 114
    PD77 says:

    It was illegal if he didn’t pay the licence fee.

    But to be quite honest if he didn’t I don’t give a stuff either way as long as it provides a result!

  115. 115
    Vile Labour Slag Lyn Brown abuses the blind says:

    The Mirror Group are just as bad so let’s hear about all the Labour meetings with them. When is their phone hacking list going to be released?

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    Charles Bronson, Parkhurst says:

    I know what I will do about it. Don’t forget to bring your soap Handy, I have reserved a bunk in my cell for you.

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    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    In many ways, the BBC and NI (and popular press in general) justify the others existance. Well, the left use the “evil right-wing” press as an excuse for the licence fee and BBC. I would argue that that we are forced to pay for the BBC and not the other news sources, therefore you can’t compare them, but anyway.

    If the press and NI are newtered and NI even forced to relinquish any control in BSkyB with the possible result of a broken up Sky television, then the BBC become rather exposed, the left’s excuse of “Broadcasting would be run by the evil Murdoch, if it wasn’t for the glorious BBC”. If and when this happens, providing there is a Conservative government, they will then have an excellent opprotunity to put the BBC under a microscope (NAO audit, and monopoly in TV and Radio News) and get rid of the licence fee and make it a much smaller self-supporting organisation and open broadcasting news up to proper competition.

    So ridding broadcasting of NI influence will actually make it politically more acceptable and easier to reform the BBC and it’s bias.

  118. 118
    Boutros Boutros-Car Key says:

    keep at it Guido

  119. 119
    On the Record says:

    Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan is a Catholic you plonker.

  120. 120
    Jemima Clarkson says:

    It hasn’t stopped plonkers queueing up to volunteer for the Olympics though.

    Some people actually LIKE being shat on. Particularly the English it seems.

  121. 121
    Mike Hunt says:

    So what you are saying is that only NI should be investigated because it is run by that nasty Murdoch family and they are fickle with their party alligences.

  122. 122
    That's News says:

    OK, I’m guilty, but because I am special, I expect to be let off.

    Not this time Piers.

  123. 123
    A list of all Dildo Frocks's genuine scoops except possibly McBride says:

    nil return

  124. 124
    Spartacus says:

    Long lie-in for Guido today?

  125. 125
    That's News says:

    But Piers is special, I tell you! He expects to be let off. Not this time, Piers.

  126. 126
    A list of all Dildo Frocks's genuine scoops except possibly McBride says:

    While the cat’s away etc.

  127. 127
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Ah, the Fake of Arabee.

  128. 128
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And here he comes again, the Fake of Arabee. AKA misterned.

  129. 129
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And once again, crawling from the sewer, the Fake of Arabee.

  130. 130
    Ah! Monika says:

    Telegraph Article links to order-order. Is this a first?

  131. 131
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And, by popular request, the Fake of Arabee appears once more, trailing slime behind him.

  132. 132
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The Fake of Arabee, missing the point as he always does.

  133. 133
    Rahul Dravid (Indian Test Cricketer & stand up comedian) says:

    How much did Rupert Murdoch pay Anders Behring Breivik to get him off the front page?

  134. 134
    Colin the Meek says:

    A noble cause on it’s own.

  135. 135
    Clarence says:

    It’s not a smoking gun, by any means. But Piers might have to explain his comments about ‘third parties’ and “the stuff [they] used to do”.

    I am sure (cough) that ‘stuff’ was totally legit (cough) and ethical (cough).

  136. 136
    All publicity is good publicity says:

    CNN and Morgan can afford the bestest lawyers on the planet. I can’t see how you are going to nail him Guido…. unless you have hacked his phone.

    Don’t suppose you are much bothered though, as like Piers it is the publicity you really seek.

  137. 137
    Audemus Dicere says:

    No it isn’t. Even the crooks at “TV Licensing” admit that a licence is not required to view, listen to or download recorded material. The licensing extortion racket only applies to viewing material as it is being broadcast.

  138. 138
    Symbiosis says:

    Guido is like one of those birds feeding off the ticks on the Skin of the Big Beast.

  139. 139
    Anon says:

    No doubt what Brown and Blair did before, but we never got to know about it.

    Tom Watson is going to make money out of the phone hacking scandal – he’s writing a book.

  140. 140
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Well written Mrs. Morgan but you are on a loser. Do you honestly believe CNN will stand by Piers over this issue. I am sure their legal team have already come up with various scenarios to get rid!

  141. 141

    Mr. Fawkes, with respect to your Piers Morgan recording, I am a recognized expert in the field of forensic audio. I am happy to assist in the areas of enhancement as well as authentication.

    Please visit my website at http://www.proaudiolabs.com


    Paul Ginsberg

  142. 142
    Anon E Mouse says:

    “The BBC” are all at the aquatic centre doing their pr bit for Lord Coe et al.; anything non-Olympic is, for today at least, mostly irrelevant.

  143. 143
    Southend Piers Moron says:

    Now look here, it’s one thing to talk about a particular issue in general some years ago on a silly radio programme and definitely another to talk about it now as if it’s a potentially criminal offence. What do you take me for? I’m a member of the british establishment you know which is why i have this great show in america. I’ve never done anything wrong, ever.

  144. 144
    Anonymous says:

    Praise be to Lord Coe for the maginificent job he alone has done to make the London Olympics a reality.

    Now fuck off Seb you freeloading loser

  145. 145
    PD77 says:

    I stand corrected, I was under the impression that you could only use the content of the BBC in all it’s formats if you had a licence, thaks for clearing that up.

  146. 146
    Son of the Manse says:

    Do you remember when you used to enter through my back door Piers?

  147. 147
    Ed Milimong says:

    Mrs Thatcher is my favourite role model after Iain and Duncan Smith. Did I win? Really? Oh my God!

  148. 148
    M says:

    It’s is and may still be a cross party agreement made many years ago when the security services , westminster , the press decided to pool resourses to intercept terrorist traffic , by any means . Then the press , right or left leaning decided this was a green light to sell a story by any means , it is alleged .

  149. 149
    Anon says:

    Hear hear.

  150. 150
    Anon says:

    Not necessarily; the BBC and its supporters will deny it is Left-biased till they are blue in the face (pardon the pun). Cameron should demolish the state-subsidised monolith and make it compete on a level playing ground with everyone else. It has no right to force us to subsidise its gravy train and wield such influence over our media.

  151. 151
    Tapestry says:

    Piers is the most successful of the people who engage in this trade.
    Does that make him the most guilty, or just the most infamous?

  152. 152
    Wayne Ronney says:

    Get in there !

  153. 153
    Hubris says:

    Sorry Mr Morgan, your account remains outstanding.

  154. 154
    Corruption in high places says:

    In legal tems its called “kicking it into the long grass”

  155. 155
    Jimmy says:

    The sad thing is that you’ve probably spent hours on this.

  156. 156

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