Broadcaster Piers Morgan sensationally quit his job on Good Morning Britain in March last year. Last September Piers was announced as the first star to sign on as a host on TalkTV – and he has recruited a group of ITV staff to work with him.
Piers Morgan is said to have ‘demanded revenge’ on ITV by poaching a number of their top staff to work with him soon to launch the TalkTV channel.
The 56-year-old broadcaster quit his job on Good Morning Britain last year after expressing his opinion that Meghan Markle had not been entirely truthful during her infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The star sensationally exited Good Morning Britain studios last March following a heated debate – only for him and ITV to decide it was best for him to end his time on the show, following of a series of complaints from Ofcom.
But now Piers is said to have the final say, poaching a number of long-serving ITV staff to work with him on a new channel launched by Rupert Murdoch in the UK this year.
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The Mail on Sunday reports that a source close to Piers said “jubilantly”: “We hacked all the best people.”
They then claim that Good Morning Britain director Erron Gordon, who has worked on the show since its launch in 2014, Loose Women director Ollie Gardner, GMB deputy editor Ben Briscoe and programmer Longtime ITV daytime presenter Vivek Sharma will join Piers at his new channel.
Erron is set to become the studio’s executive creative director and head of production, Ollie is set to become the studio’s deputy production manager, Ben is set to become News UK’s television programming editor and Vivek has been named executive producer of TalkTV.
Meanwhile, This Morning set manager Tim Carr, who worked on the show for 25 years, and ITV daytime producer Lindsey Bowers are also jumping ship.
A source told the Mail: “Piers is not a man to go through. He was kicked out of ITV totally unnecessarily and now he has exacted the ultimate revenge by taking their stars.
“He’s only hired the people he thinks are the best, so it’s a really big blow to the chain.”
Piers joined Good Morning Britain in 2015 as one of the show’s many co-hosts – and was seen as key to helping boost the show’s ratings with his techniques fiery interviews.
He quit the show after nearly 60,000 viewers complained about his views on Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah which aired in March last year.
While Piers has come under fire for saying he doesn’t believe everything Meghan said in her interview, parts of the conversation turned out to be inaccurate after it aired on both sides of the Atlantic.
He quit the show, with an ITV spokesperson saying at the time: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided it is now time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and nothing else to add.”
In September last year, Rupert Murdock’s News UK announced it would launch a TV channel in 2022 – with Piers announced as the network’s first signing where the star will host a daily news show.