The chief executive of ITV has insisted the broadcaster “vigorously defended” both Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain during an Ofcom investigation into comments he made on the show.
The former host garnered over 50,000 complaints after he commented on the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, calling into question her mental health and alleged racist comment made by a member of the extended royal family which she had spoken of.
Following the furore, Morgan left Good Morning Britain, and in a statement said: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.
“Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
Ofcom launched an investigation both into Morgan’s comments and Good Morning Britain, and it was found to not have been in breach of broadcaster standards.
The chief executive of ITV, Dame Carolyn McCall, said the broadcaster had backed the former host and the programme, and had championed freedom of speech.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, she said: “I will just say that we vigorously defended both the programme and Piers to Ofcom, and the reason we didn’t get pulled up by them is because of the programme making.”
She added there was “no way we wouldn’t be absolutely not just endorsing but championing freedom of speech and freedom of expression”.
Responding to her comments, Morgan later tweeted: “So why did I have to…