Meghan Markle: Expert discusses Piers Morgan’s OFCOM ruling
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Piers Morgan may not have been seen on Good Morning Britain since his abrupt departure from the show back in March but it hasn’t stopped the former ITV presenter from bagging a TRIC Award for his work. Piers used to be a regular face on morning TV alongside GMB host Susanna Reid before deciding to leave his post following a refusal to apologise for comments made regarding Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. And it wasn’t just the two GMB hosts going head to head as Piers also saw off the BBC’s Huw Edwards for the gong.
This year’s TRIC Awards got underway in London on Wednesday, September 15 with big names from the world of showbiz and TV in attendance.
From The Repair Shop to The Great British Bake Off and Kate Garraway to Ant and Dec, a number of recognisable names from UK TV were in the running for their respective awards.
And when it came to the News Presenter Award, sponsored by DTG, Piers emerged victorious.
Susanna and Huw had to deal with finishing behind the Life Stories host but the former wasn’t the only GMB star to miss out on an award on Wednesday.
Kate Garraway was nominated for the Radio Programme award, sponsored by DTS, but sadly missed out.
Instead, the award went to Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp as Kate and The Jason Manford Show missed out.
However, Kate was rewarded with the TRIC Special Award, sponsored by Domestic & General, for her work on television this past year.
This included an emotional and heartbreaking look at Kate and her family’s struggles with husband Derek Draper’s Covid diagnosis through the ITV documentary, Finding Derek.
After bagging the award, Piers couldn’t resist a cheeky pop at the likes of Huw when speaking to Express.co.uk.
“He was giving me such crap about how he was going to win it and flying his Welsh flag and I reminded him the Irish are known as the fighting Irish for a reason,” he said.
“You don’t lose things like this against other Celts. Apparently, he’s taken it very badly but I’ve got no evidence for that.”
The rest of this year’s TRIC Award winners are as follows:
- Food Programme – Gordon, Gino & Fred’s American Road Trip
- Podcast of the Year – David Tennant Does a Podcast With…
- Entertainment – Gogglebox
- New Drama – Bridgeton
- Reality – I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
- Sport – A League of Their Own
- Drama – The Crown
- Factual – The Repair Shop
- Soap Actor – Shelley King
- Comedy – Would I Lie To You?
- Daytime – This Morning
- TV Personality – Ant and Dec
- Multi-Channel News – Good Morning Britain
- Radio Personality – Roman Kemp
- Soap of the Year – Coronation Street
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Piers is yet to make a return to morning TV or a news programme since departing from GMB.
The GMB host had blasted the Duchess of Sussex for her comments made in the interview with Oprah which ultimately led to on-screen clashes with his co-stars and him even storming off the show.
Following a record number of Ofcom complaints lodged against him for his behaviour, ITV and Piers met for crisis talks about his future, in which, he claims, he was asked to apologize.
Piers left Good Morning Britain soon after as he refused to do so.
However, Ofcom ruled earlier this month that Piers had been cleared of any misconduct.
Ofcom penned in a statement: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression.
“Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.
“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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