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Morgan quizzed in hacking probe

London, Feb. 14 (Reuters): Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a CNN television host, has been questioned by London police in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror tabloid he used to edit.

Morgan, who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, said in a statement yesterday that he had been interviewed by officers after voluntarily attending a police station in December.

The 48-year-old, who has always denied any involvement in phone hacking, was quizzed as part of wider investigations into illegal practices by journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper.

Britain's newspaper industry was rocked in 2011 by the closure of Murdoch’s best-selling 168-year-old Sunday tabloid after revelations some staff had regularly hacked into phones to generate front page scoops. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former News of the World editors, are currently on trial in London.

 
 
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