Piers Morgan: I believe in freedom of speech
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Mr Morgan sensationally walked off the set of Good Morning Britain yesterday after an on-air row with colleague Alex Beresford, who accused him of “continuing to trash” Meghan Markle. Earlier the week, the controversial former Mirror editor had reacted to the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey by saying he “didn’t believe a word” of it.
Mr Morgan is facing an Ofcom investigation after the regulator received 41,000 complaints after his comments on Monday – hours after the interview was aired in the US on CBS.
Mr Lowe, who is a frequent critic of the BBC, tweeted: “I have no issues with presenters on ITV having strong opinions – we’re not forced by law to pay their wages.”
However, he suggested similar standards needed to apply to the corporation’s presenters, given they draw their incomes from revenue generated by the annual licence fee.
Highlighting what he referred to as the BBC’s “woke” presenters, he added: “We’re funding their cosy lifestyles. I don’t care what ITV does!”
Mr Lowe won support from June Mummery, another former Brexit Party MEP, who said: “Well said, Rupert.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Lowe added: “I think most of us would agree that the BBC’s opinions are woke and we are paying for them.
“I don’t particularly like Piers Morgan and I think he is probably guilty of thinking as long as everybody agrees with him he should be able to say what he wants.
“But I think in this instance he was talking about something of national importance and he said what he said and we then got this 41,000 complaints from the woke brigade.
“If people don’t like what Piers Morgan says on his show, then just turn it off.
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“That’s the option they’ve got – it’s not funded by the taxpayer like the BBC, where regardless of whether we like what they are saying or not, we still have to pay the licence fee.”
Also speaking to Express.co.uk in September, Mr Lowe criticised the BBC for the high salaries it pays to presenters including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker – and branded it a “malign influence”.
He said his decision to donate £158 – the cost of a yearly television licence, plus 50 pence – to the Defund the BBC campaign on the GoFundMe website, had been prompted by plans to remove Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from the Last Night of the Proms, which were rapidly reversed after a public outcry.
The former chairman of Southampton FC added: “Fundamentally the BBC has become unrepresentative of the British people.
“Probably, the Brexit vote exemplified that, and latterly all of this woke nonsense we get and them trying to out-woke each other all the time.
“I happen to believe that the majority of British people are very sound and very respectful.”
“If Auntie is such a national treasure, she should not have a problem setting up a subscription model.
“They are spending £10 million on inclusion and diversity, whatever that means, meanwhile they are chasing over-75s for their licence fee.”
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The Duchess of Sussex is understood to have formally complained to ITV about Mr Morgan before he quit the show.
Addressing a clip in which she discussed her struggles with mental health, he had remarked: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.
“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
The bombshell interview, screened by ITV on Monday night, saw the Royal couple reveal that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had openly wondered about how dark Meghan’s unborn child would be, triggering concerns over racism.
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