View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
April 25, 2022updated 06 Nov 2023 9:15am

Piers Morgan returns to News UK to join TalkTV and Sun on three-year ‘£50m’ deal

By Dominic Ponsford

Update 25 April 2022:

After rejoining News UK with a salary that almost certainly makes him the UK’s highest-paid journalist, Piers Morgan is preparing to launch his “Uncensored” TV show on TalkTV.

Ahead of the launch, Press Gazette’s William Turvill asked Morgan about the fact he is believed to be earning around £15m per year, as we reported in January.

“Am I!?” Morgan squawked down the phone.

Well, Turvill said, at least according to a report by Press Gazette editor-in-chief Dominic Ponsford.

“Ha,” cackles Morgan, who doesn’t correct the figure. “You really shouldn’t believe what you read in Press Gazette!”

[Read more: Piers Morgan on tabloids, TalkTV, Murdoch and the ‘Markle debacle’]

Content from our partners
Mather Economics and InsurAds combine to help publishers boost revenue
Press Gazette publishes ultimate guide to reader conversion and monetisation
Slow online ads cost UK publishers £50m a year: Here's how to fix them

Original story 10 January 2022:

Piers Morgan returned to the Murdoch empire today with a new Sun column and salary that makes him almost certainly the UK’s highest paid journalist.

Press Gazette understands that the figure of around £50m over three years being paid to Morgan, as quoted by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, is correct.

In exchange Morgan will write columns for The Sun and New York Post and front a nightly TV show. Press Gazette understands the Morgan programme will air in the UK on News Corp’s soon-to-be-launched TalkTV and in the US and Australia.

The Morgan deal dwarfs previous top salaries paid to UK newsroom stars and reflects the huge audience Morgan brings with him, helped by his nearly 8m following on Twitter.

Morgan will also present a series of true crime TV documentaries to be aired across News Corp’s broadcasting portfolio and he will publish his next book with Murdoch-owned Harper Collins.

Morgan’s personal stock has risen during the pandemic. He realised the severity of coronavirus early on and was an advocate for quick government action on lockdown. Since then he has been a forthright critic of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

His first “Uncensored” column in The Sun today signifies the extent of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s current political woes.

The Sun had previously been Johnson’s most reliable supporter on Fleet Street.

But today, in the form of a letter, Morgan said that despite knowing Johnson for more than 30 years and liking him personally – “you’re a shambles”.

In the column, Morgan describes Johnson’s early handling of the pandemic as “a disaster, with deadly dithering and shameful failings”.

Piers writes: “You’ve waltzed through life telling brazen whoppers to escape punishment whenever the manure’s hit the fan either professionally or personally, but you can’t do it now that you’re Prime Minister.”

Morgan said ahead of his first column launching that it was “called ‘Uncensored’ because it does what it says on the tin.

“I want to express what Sun readers are thinking, and no topic is off-limits. It was a pretty bruising experience on Good Morning Britain but I’m now working somewhere where I’m free to express my opinions.

“I want to single-handedly lead the charge around the world to end cancel culture.”

Sun front page on 10 January 2022

Morgan’s comeback to News UK comes 27 years after he left the News of the World to edit the Daily Mirror. Before becoming News of the World editor in January 1994 he was the editor of The Sun’s showbiz column Bizarre – hence today’s Sun front-page billing for Morgan: “Yes, he’s back.”

Morgan left his job as joint host of GMB in March 2021 after calling Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a liar and then refusing to back down when asked by ITV management. It is a statement he has repeatedly doubled down on since.

Morgan’s News Corp comeback was personally negotiated by the company’s proprietor and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch.

The Sun reported that within hours of the announcement of Morgan’s return to News Corp on 16 September, the company’s market cap rose $400m, although it is has fluctuated widely since then.

Topics in this article : , , ,

Email to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network