ITV executive director Dame Carolyn McCall has claimed the broadcaster “vigorously” defended Piers Morgan during an Ofcom investigation into his comments on the Duchess of Sussex.
Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain about Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey sparked more than 50,000 complaints, the most in the history of the watchdog. However, the program was released earlier this month after the investigation.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, she said, “I’m just going to say that we vigorously defended both the program and Piers to Ofcom, and the reason we were not pulled up by them is because of the programming.”
“There is no way we will not only support, we will champion freedom of expression and expression,” she added.
Morgan later replied to her comments on Twitter, asking, “So why did I have to go?”
Following the Ofcom ruling, the 56-year-old asked if he could return to his previous job at Good Morning Britain.
When asked if there was any prospect of this, Dame Carolyn told the conference that he had resigned from his role but expected that he would “be working on a global platform every day”.
In his Mail Online column, Morgan had previously criticized Meghan for speaking directly to Dame Carolyn about his remarks.
He wrote: “I was recently reliably informed that Meghan Markle was on the night before I was forced to write my head on a plate directly to my ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall.
“Apparently she was stressing that she wrote Dame Carolyn personally because they were both women and mothers, a disgusting game of gender and the maternity card if there ever was one.
“What happens to the world when a tearful, divided actress can dictate who’s going to present a morning newscast?”
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