The papers have finally caught up with what Guido said months ago, raising questions as to what the BBC knew about the Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations and why a Newsnight expose was spiked. It seems Savile was only too happy to openly make jokes about his reputation back in the early 1990s. Former Sun showbiz hack and Channel 5 TV presenter Matthew Wright has revealed:
“The first time I had to phone him up when I was at the Sun, which would be 1991, he had an assistant (I can’t remember her name now). She said ‘I’ll get Mr Savile for you’, put him on the phone, and the first thing he said before I’d even spoken to him was: ‘She told me she was over sixteen’. And that’s to a reporter. I’d like to think, and I did think at the time – and when I told Piers Morgan [then editor of the Sun's Bizarre column] about it he just said ‘oh its obviously a joke’. I’d like to think that perhaps that was the case but this ITV documetnary contains the testimony of seven women who claim to be victims…”
Knowing what we know now, it doesn’t seem so funny…
As the rhetoric ratchets up and Israel leans towards launching a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, the regime feels it needs to reach out to the Western media, granting CNN’s Piers Morgan an interview to be broadcast Monday night. The evil egotistical megalomaniac is interviewing President Ahmadinejad…
Piers Morgan has found the ratings battle with his CNN colleagues particularly difficult over recent months. Time and time again the likes of silver-haired Anderson Cooper and prime time eye candy Erin Burnett have knocked Piers down the pecking order. Not last week however. Guido thought he would have to begrudgingly admit that Piers had turned things round when he saw that his old foe had topped CNN’s ratings for Friday night. According to MediaLite Piers Morgan Tonight was on top form:
Just the one caveat. Piers was actually away last week filming his latest series of Life Stories for ITV. Friday night’s ratings-winning episode of Piers Morgan Tonight was hosted in Morgan’s absence by rival Wolf Blitzer. Even his own show does better when it’s hosted by someone else, just the message Piers wants to send to his bosses…
Piers Morgan is fighting for his job as CNN bosses look to revamp the beleaguered network’s prime time line up. June saw Piers drag the channel’s viewing figures to a 21-year low, while ratings plummeted again last month. Now, according to reports, CNN chiefs have put him on probation:
“Anderson Cooper — CNN’s only claimant to real TV star power — appears to be the only one safe in the network’s primetime lineup, say those who have talked with programming officials there.”
The pressure is on…
Yesterday Media Guido posted a slap down from a Twitter user to Piers Morgan. For some reason someone got the wrong end of the stick and thought the slap had come from Team GB hero Bradley Wiggins. Their version of events went semi-viral, and Piers waded in:
Dear Trolls, that Bradley Wiggins tweet to me's a fake. So maybe send it to yourselves instead of me? There's a good of bunch of dimbos.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 8, 2012
Just imagine being taken in by a fake photo and publishing it?
What sort of “dimbo” would do such a thing?
Piers Morgan has spent the last two weeks taking to twitter to troll the Team GB gold medal heroes that, for whatever reason, opted not to sing the National Anthem. As ever at odds with the public mood, Piers even slammed cycling hero Bradley Wiggins. Fortunately one quick-witted tweeter was on hand to put this troll back in his place:
— Colm (@colmuacuinn) August 2, 2012
Regular Media Guido readers will be aware of Piers Morgan’s ratings woes in recent months. In June Jon Stewart twisted the knife, while others piled in as the beleaguered talk show host dragged CNN to a 21-year low. There has been no reprieve in July either, with the latest figures revealing that Piers’ show is down by almost 20% year-on-year for total viewers and by 25% in the crucial 25-54 age range. It could be worse, at least he’s not on NBC…
Piers’ plummeting ratings come four days after CNN chief Jim Walton quit after taking the bullet for the network’s torrid recent performance.
You have to wonder who will be next to go…
As if last month’s viewing figures weren’t bad enough for Piers Morgan, official quarterly ratings released yesterday show that CNN has hit a staggering 21-year low. Piers’ prime time chat show has bombed disastrously over the last year, falling 33% in the 24-54 age bracket and 45% overall. US comedians have already started sticking the boot in, with one tweeting:
Piers Morgan has worse Ratings Problems than a Moody's analyst with an undiagnosed brain tumor.
— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) June 26, 2012
How much more can his CNN bosses put up with?
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