Piers Morgan slams 'ridiculous' Ofcom ruling after Good Morning Britain ruled in breach of code for failing to read out council's statement

Natasha Sporn
In breach: Piers Morgan has hit out at on Ofcom ruling regarding an interview back in January: Ken McKay/ITV/REX

Piers Morgan has branded an Ofcom ruling as “ridiculous” after he landed Good Morning Britain in hot water with the regulator for failing to read out a council’s response to a story.

In response to Monday’s ruling, which says Morgan breached code by refusing to read out a response from Herefordshire County Council, Morgan made he feelings clear as he shared the article on his Twitter.

He wrote: “Ridiculous @Ofcom ruling.

“Why should I read out bullsh** self-serving statements from a council that failed to house a homeless SAS hero until we bullied them into doing it?”

Morgan and co-host Susanna Reid interviewed then-homeless veteran Bob Curry on 22 January after Curry’s plight hit headlines with a petition calling on the local authority to provide him with accommodation.

Curry explained that circumstances surrounding the collapse of his business and relationship as well as financial struggles led to him becoming homeless, with Morgan vocalising his support for Curry saying he “needed to be treated better”.

Guest: Piers Morgan and Bob Curry shake hands on Good Morning Britain (Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

Towards the end of the interview, Morgan said: “I think it’s absolutely disgusting. I’m sure the viewers think it’s disgusting.

“There’s a statement from the council, I was going to read it, but you know what? I can’t be bothered.

“Here’s the reality Herefordshire Council, you can come up with all the statements you like, this guy is a national hero, they both are, he’s homeless because you have not seen fit to take care of him, so rather than issuing stupid little statements to us, why don’t you do your jobs and give this guy a proper council house right now? I.e. today.”

The council complained to Ofcom that they had been unfairly treated by not having their views represented, a motion the regulator chose to uphold.

ITV responded by saying that the statement “was provided to presenters as part of their briefing for the interview, for inclusion in the story” but called Morgan’s decision not to read it out “entirely unscripted and spontaneous”.

Herefordshire County Council also complained about the broadcast on the 23 January, the following day, but its complaint was not upheld as it was ruled that the interview with Nick Dixon “fairly reflected the council’s position”.