British police question CNN’s Piers Morgan
February 15, 2014 - 12:11:57 am
LONDON: British police have questioned CNN host Piers Morgan in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror, a newspaper he formerly edited, local media reported yesterday.
Morgan, a former judge on America’s Got Talent who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, was interviewed by police in December, he said in a statement to the Guardian newspaper.
Morgan, 48, has always denied any involvement in phone hacking. Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Mirror, declined to comment and there was no immediate comment from a spokeswoman for Morgan. CNN could not be immediately reached for comment.
British police confirmed that they had interviewed under caution a 48-year-old male journalist as part of Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails.
Operation Golding is the inquiry into phone-hacking at the Mirror newspaper and was a spin-off from a long-running investigation into similar criminal allegations centred on Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper.
“A 48-year-old man, a journalist, was interviewed under caution on the December 6, 2013 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails,” a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police said.
“He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station. He was not arrested.”