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CNN’s Ken Jautz On Piers Morgan And Questions About Hacking: It Won’t Have ‘Any Impact On The Show’

CNN’s Piers Morgan, who’s forcefully defended himself in recent days against accusations of hacking by journalists who worked for him when he was a tabloid editor in London, has gotten a vote of confidence from the boss. Ken Jautz, CNN’s U.S. president, tells AdWeek “we were very familiar with his background and several people talked to him about [his tabloid background].” Jautz says Morgan’s effectively defended himself and “we do not believe there’s any impact on the show.”

Morgan fired back forcefully after Paul McCartney‘s ex-wife, Heather Mills, appeared on television in the U.K. claiming that a journalist working at the Daily Mirror under Morgan admitted to hacking her voicemail in 2001:

In his statement Wednesday, which was issued by CNN, Morgan described Mills’s accusations as “extravagant,” and said “I have no knowledge of any conversation any executive from other newspapers at Trinity Mirror may or may not have had with Heather Mills.”

Jautz also addressed the fact that Morgan had publicly positioned himself as something of a staunch defender of the Murdochs—a fairly unique stance for a CNN host. “These are his opinions based on his experiences with them. And he has his own opinions,” said Jautz, who added that he was comfortable with some on-air talent at CNN expressing opinion “so long as its based on their own experience, on their reporting, on fact and not on ideology.”

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