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Piers Morgan blasted the idea that he’d become the “poster boy” for the phone hacking case brought by Prince Harry against his former employer, reiterating that he “did not know” about the tactics being undertaken by journalists during his tenure as editor of the Daily Mirror.

Morgan, 59, who helmed the newspaper from 1995 to 2004, maintained his stance during an persistant exchange with BBC host Laura Kuenssberg, who repeatedly questioned him about phone hacking tactics used by journalists

Kuenssberg referenced a High Court comment in December by Mr. Justice Fancourt, which concluded that phone hacking was “widespread” at MGN publications from 1996 onwards, becoming “habitual” by 1998, and that Morgan did know about it. The host asked Morgan if he knew that anyone at the paper was using material obtained by hacking voicemails.

Morgan replied: No, and I’ve said this consistently in 20 years. I’m not going to say any more about it, other than to say they found in one case. I mean, I was the main story. I noticed the BBC led on me for days. You’re hating the main story, of course. Well, I didn’t really. Listen, it’s fine. I find the whole idea of Prince Harry suing anyone for privacy involving the royal family, given how aggressively he’s invaded the family’s privacy himself, laughable. But on this central point, I’ve said

for 20 years, I did not know about phone hacking at the Daily Mirror. They found one story in that whole case, which the judge concluded may or may not have come from phone hacking. And I’m sorry, that’s not enough.

Kuenssberg pressed: “So you’re saying today that the High Court is wrong. And they were wrong to say, and a quote from the judge, that there was compelling evidence that the editors of each newspaper knew very well that voicemail interception was used extensively and habitually. Judge Fancourt is wrong?”

Morgan said: “There is no evidence that I ever knew about phone hacking. And I would also say in relation to those who trotted down to the High Court to give evidence, I was never allowed that privilege. I wasn’t called by either side to talk about this at all. And yet I became the front poster boy for the trial, which I found ludicrous. There were a lot of people down there spewing utter nonsense.”

Despite Morgan’s denials, Kuenssberg persisted, asking if he had ever listened to a voicemail without consent. Growing exasperated, Morgan replied: “No. You asked me that last time… There is no evidence that I knew.”

As the tenacious host pushed the veteran journalist to be “absolutely clear” on his stance, Morgan reiterated: “Each time I come on, you can ask me the same questions, I don

’t mind. I’ve been asked about this for 20 years. There is no evidence that I knew.”

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