Ex-Daily Mirror reporter contradicts Piers Morgan testimony
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.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: James Hipwell after his appearance. Credit: Justin Tallis / AFP/Getty Images.