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Ex-Daily Mirror reporter contradicts Piers Morgan testimony

December 21, 2011 | 11:41 am

James Hipwell contradicted Piers Morgan

If CNN host Piers Morgan wants to have a lively talk show, he should book former Daily Mirror business columnist James Hipwell as a guest.

On Wednesday, Hipwell appeared as a witness in Britain's ongoing probe into journalistic ethics and contradicted much of Morgan's testimony from the previous day. Morgan, a former editor of The Daily Mirror and News Corp.'s now-defunct News of the World, told the government's inquiry that phone hacking was not something he engaged in while he worked at the tabloids.

Hipwell said hacking was a "standard journalistic tool” during Morgan's time at the paper.

“I would go as far as to say it happened every day," Hipwell said to the panel. "It became apparent that a great number of stories ... would come from that source.” He added that he even witnessed a colleague hacking into Morgan’s own mobile “in front me" in 2000.

For more on Hipwell's testimony please see our story.


And now, bang go Britain's tabloids

CNN's Piers Morgan says he never authorized phone hacking

-- Joe Flint

Photo: James Hipwell after his appearance. Credit: Justin Tallis / AFP/Getty Images.