Jeremy Vine panellist discusses Ofcom's Piers Morgan ruling
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After Ofcom’s announcement Piers Morgan’s comments did not break the journalistic code of conduct, Piers has reportedly been “inundated” with job offers. A huge 87 percent of voters said they wanted Piers to return to GMB in a poll of 11,720 people held from 11am September 1 to 1pm September 2.
But ITV bosses have made it clear that he will not be rehired.
A spokesperson for ITV said: “Piers decided to leave Good Morning Britain, we accepted his decision, and we have no current plans to invite him to present Good Morning Britain.
“We will continue to work with Piers on Life Stories.”
An Express reader said: “He should never have been compromised because of his views, he’s an extremely intelligent journalist, even when he’s annoyingly rude, he believes something and then holds fast.
“He should never have left, he was the glue that held that program together!”
Some readers suspected Piers was unfairly forced to resign.
One person said: “He should sue ITV for constructive dismissal.”
Another added: “Piers should take the channel to the cleaners for unfair dismissal and serious reputation damage!”
Speaking on the breakfast show on Thursday morning, Susanna Reid said: “Yesterday he tweeted ‘Does this mean I get my job back?’, ITV effectively said yesterday he’s not coming back.”
In the tweet, Piers wrote: “I’m delighted Ofcom has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?”
Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror, said: “I’m not sure, deep-down, Piers really would want to come back now.”
Piers’ wife, Celia Walden, featured on GMB too and was asked whether Piers has a job lined up.
She said: “He has some irons in the fire.
“I don’t think he will be kicking around the house for much longer, put it that way.”
In an interview, 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.
“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.”
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Susanna, described by Piers as his “ex-TV wife”, was asked whether she felt devastated at the news ITV would not rehire him, but she did not respond directly.
Recounting the moment that Piers walked off set, after a clash with Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle, co-host Ben Shephard said: “It was tough for everybody involved because we were all here as that happened, and undoubtedly it was tough for Piers too.”
An Express reader commented: “Healthy discussions are good, but the problem with Piers is he can’t take the hot seat if anyone defends Meghan.
“He has such distain for her that he can’t think straight.
“The other people on the show listen to Piers when he rants on and on, but he doesn’t want to listen to anyone else’s opinion. He makes it all about him.”
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In a statement released on Wednesday, ITV said: “We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence.
“The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments.
“It is because of the programme’s editorial decisions and the opposing views which were forcefully expressed by other presenters and guests, that the programme did not breach Ofcom’s rules.”
Piers was not happy with ITV’s stance and tweeted: “Hmmm, ITV have just put out a statement saying I only won the @Ofcom case against Princess Pinocchio because my colleagues expressed different opinions to mine. That’s not what the @Ofcom report says in its conclusion. I suggest ITV reads it again.”
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