CNN's Morgan Under Pressure Amid Hacking Scandal Members of the British Parliament are pushing for Piers Morgan to return to the U.K. to face questions about his time as the editor of the Daily Mirror. The pressure has grown since Paul McCartney's ex-wife raised new allegations of hacking involving the media group that owns the Mirror.
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CNN's Morgan Under Pressure Amid Hacking Scandal

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CNN's Morgan Under Pressure Amid Hacking Scandal

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, it's a sign of how the scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's media empire now threatens some of his British rivals.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: Last month, as a parliamentary committee grilled News Corp's Rupert and James Murdoch, the Conservative MP Louise Mensch claimed Morgan admitted to hacking in a book. Morgan blasted back, pointing out she had misread the key passage.

PIERS MORGAN: Absolutely wrong, Mrs. Mensch. I want to be really clear about this. I've never hacked a phone, never told anyone else to hack a phone or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.

FOLKENFLIK: Mills told the BBC that a decade ago she received a call from an executive with Trinity Mirror, the media group that owns the Mirror and other newspapers.

HEATHER MILLS: He said, oh, I heard you've had a big argument with your boyfriend - before I married him. And I said, and why would you know this? And he started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine.

FOLKENFLIK: Mills said she served up a threat of her own.

MILLS: I said, then I'll go to the police. And he said, OK, OK. Yeah, we did hear it on your voice messages, and I won't run it.

FOLKENFLIK: The BBC reported the executive involved was not Morgan. Yesterday, McCartney told American TV critics that he would seek answers from the police.

PAUL MCCARTNEY: I do think it is a horrendous violation of privacy. And I do think it's been going on for a long time. And I do think more people than we know knew about it.

FOLKENFLIK: Harriet Harmon, she's deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, spoke here to Sky News.

HARRIET HARMAN: Piers Morgan who, of course, was the editor of the Mirror said he that heard a heartbreaking phone message, which clearly gives rise to the assumption that he'd heard a tape recorded message. Now, it's not good enough for him to say - or somebody to say on his behalf - I always complied with the law and the Press Complaints Commission Code of Conduct. He's got to answer.

FOLKENFLIK: David Folkenflik, NPR News.

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