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Piers Morgan to host interview programme on CNN

MUMBAI: Global media personality and veteran newspaper editor Piers Morgan will host a newsmaker interview programme on CNN International from January 2011. The announcement was made by CNN/US president Jon Klein.


Known to US viewers primarily for his role as a judge on NBC‘s show America‘s Got Talent and as the winner of Celebrity Apprentice, he has had a long career in journalism in the UK as a newspaper editor and, more recently, as the host of the popular television interview programme Piers Morgan‘s Life Stories. He will now bring his interview style and gift for unearthing the surprising detail to American television and to CNN viewers around the globe.
  
     
  Klein says, "Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds. He is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process. He is a natural fit with Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker in our prime time line up, and the ideal choice to update the storied tradition of newsmaker talk on CNN."
Morgan began his career as a reporter for The Wimbledon News and then as a columnist at The Sun. In 1994, when Morgan was 28 years old, Rupert Murdoch appointed him the youngest ever editor of the News of the World, and the youngest national newspaper editor in Britain for 50 years.


Two years later he moved to the Daily Mirror, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1995 until 2004. The paper won numerous journalistic awards including Newspaper of the Year at the prestigious British Press Awards in 2002 for its coverage of the 9/11 terrorist atrocity in New York. After his controversial departure from the Mirror, Morgan went on to become a best-selling author, a regular media columnist, and host of his own interview programmes on the BBC and ITV, as well as appear as a judge alongside Simon Cowell on the No.1-rated show Britain‘s Got Talent.


Morgan will continue to write his two regular columns for the Mail on Sunday newspaper – one on sports, the other a weekly diary of his life, and he will also provide regular columns to CNN.com. Morgan is an author, writing eight books including three best-selling volumes of diaries: The Insider, Don‘t You Know Who I Am, and the recently published God Bless America. He is also co-founder and editorial director of First News, Britain‘s first ever national newspaper for children.

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