LONDON | Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is launching a new UK television channel, ‘TalkTV’, on Monday, banking on a star presenter and a beefy interview with Donald Trump to draw crowds into an already overloaded British media world.
“TalkTV” will be broadcast from 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT) on Monday with a news program followed by an interview with the former US president conducted by presenter Piers Morgan, known for his virulent outbursts aimed at supposedly political correctness.
In a video clip promoting the show, titled ‘Uncensored’, Donald Trump is seen abruptly leaving the room after heated exchanges over the 2020 US presidential election which he claimed was ‘stolen’ from him. .
In a statement, the former chairman said Mr Morgan had tried ‘unlawfully and deceptively to cut off his long and tedious interview’. “Everything will be there,” replied the journalist.
The interview marks the great return of Piers Morgan since he left in March 2021, live, the morning of the ITV channel. He had accused Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, of lying, who had mentioned in an interview her suicidal thoughts and the lack of support from the royal family.
According to excerpts released by the British newspaper The Sun, Donald Trump – already critical of Meghan Markle in the past – thinks like Piers Morgan that the prince is controlled by his wife and that the couple will eventually separate.
TalkTV will air on UK television, streaming platforms and Youtube and will be hosted by journalists from The Times and The Sun, two newspapers Mr Murdoch owns.
The Talk TV channel was designed to compete with the conservative GB News, launched last summer. Already in June 2020, Mr Murdoch’s group, News Corp, had launched Times Radio, supposed to compete with BBC Radio 4, the public news channel.
While the Australian tycoon has long been angered by UK laws that ban the kind of pro-Trump content he can broadcast on his Fox News channel in the US, he has found fertile ground for his empire in the UK in the controversies and the “anti-woke” agenda of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And he has the advantage of maintaining good relations with the Conservative government, which recently targeted the BBC and Channel 4, another public broadcaster.
According to Piers Morgan, Rupert Murdoch is “a constant and fearless hero of free speech”.