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Piers Morgan 'phone hacking' conversation to air on Channel 4 doc

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A Channel 4 documentary will tonight (November 28) show exclusive footage dating back to 2003 that appears to show Piers Morgan discussing phone hacking with Charlotte Church.

The short video will be included in Channel 4's Hugh Grant: Taking on the Tabloids, an observational documentary following the actor's involvement in the Hacked Off campaign in the run-up to tomorrow's publication of the Leveson report on press ethics and standards.

Piers Morgan

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Charlotte Church takes part in a discussion on phone hacking before today's session of the Conservative Party conference at International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

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Morgan, currently appearing on the CNN network in America, has always denied that he knew phone hacking existed until recently. He told the Leveson Inquiry last December that he did not believe it ever occurred at The Mirror while he was editor.

But Channel 4 has obtained footage dating back to 2003, when Morgan was editor of The Mirror, which appears to depict him openly discussing voicemail hacking with singer Church.

Speaking on the programme, Grant says that Church herself supplied the footage, which has never publicly been seen before.

"The other day at breakfast just before the Tory conference, we were chatting to Charlotte Church and she suddenly remembered that she had interviewed Piers Morgan for a speech she was making and it was videoed and in it he talked about phone hacking. So she has lent us the DVD and this [is] it'," he explains.



The transcript of the interview reads:

Piers Morgan: "There was a spate of stories that came out because of mobile phones. When they first came out, mobile phones, journalists found out that if the celebrity hadn't changed their pin code, right…"
Charlotte Church: "Yeah, you can access their voicemail."
Piers Morgan: "You can access, access their voicemail. Just by tapping in a number. Are you really telling me that journalists aren't going to do that? If they know they can ring up Charlotte Church's mobile phone, listen to all her messages…"
Charlotte Church: "My God."
Piers Morgan: "Right, now all you have to do, and I know it's hard because celebrities don't like doing anything for themselves, is actually change your security number."
Charlotte Church: "Yeah, I've changed my security number."
Piers Morgan: "And now you don't have to worry."
Charlotte Church: "Exactly."

Hugh Grant: Taking on the Tabloids will air on Wednesday (November 28) at 8pm on Channel 4, and afterwards on 4oD.

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