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News UK announces upcoming network 'Talk TV'
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Rupert Murdoch’s new TV channel will offer a mix of programming from News UK’s stable of household brands including talkRadio and The Sun. There will be hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries. The new channel will launch in early 2022.
talkTV will broadcast new shows from its own brands – talkRadio, talkSport, Virgin Radio, Times Radio, The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.
News UK plans to hire “exceptional new talent” as well as make the most of its existing broadcasters.
Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive of News UK, said: “We are committed to providing choice for television and streaming viewers and bringing the best of our journalism to the screen.
“Taking advantage of modern technology, we can produce high quality shows at low cost.”
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Scott Taunton, CEO of News UK Broadcasting, added: “talkTV will provide a rich mix of entertaining and informative shows that no other service provides.
“News UK’s brands already engage millions of people through print, digital and audio and we are using those brands to create video programming.
“We have some of media’s biggest names on our radio stations and in our newspapers, as well as some of the most articulate thought-leaders who reflect many different viewpoints.
“Some of the most talented people in news, sports and entertainment journalism will be taking part as contributors or creating original content for talkTV.”
Piers Morgan will join News Corp and FOX News Media in a global deal that will see him front a new show on the channel.
The TV show will air on weeknights in the UK, USA and Australia.
Piers will also write two weekly columns online for the New York Post and The Sun.
HarperCollins will publish a follow up to Sunday Times No1 bestseller, Wake up as part of the deal.
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Piers Morgan said: “I’m thrilled to be returning to News Corp which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago.
“Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together.
“I want my global show to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.
“I’m also delighted to become a columnist for The Sun and the New York Post, two brilliantly successful and popular newspaper brands.”
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“I’m going home and we’re going to have some fun,” he added.
Rupert, Chief Executive of News Corp, which owns News UK, remarked: “Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.
“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling.”
talkTV will launch in early 2022.
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