Piers Morgan pictured with ITV TV director after Ofcom complaint win


Piers Morgan (back row centre) and Director of Television at ITV Kevin Lygo (front row second right) at the Kia Oval, London

Piers (back row centre) and Kevin (front row second right) were sat close (Picture: Adam Davy/PA)

Piers Morgan has been photographed with Kevin Lygo, the director of television at ITV, shortly after winning an Ofcom complaint over his remarks about Meghan Markle on Good Morning Britain.

Earlier this week, Ofcom announced that Piers didn’t breach the broadcasting code when he made controversial comments about the Duchess of Sussex following her revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey.

While Piers jokingly asked for his job back on GMB, having quit the programme in March, he later hit out at ITV, criticising the company’s response to the Ofcom ruling.

Nonetheless, while the 56-year-old might have appeared to have butted heads with ITV on social media, on Friday he appeared in high spirits as he and Kevin, 63, attended a cricket match in London.

They pair were photographed sitting in the same box at The Oval cricket ground in London during England’s fourth test against India.

Piers was sat in the back row, wearing a pair of sunglasses, a dark suit and a baby blue tie as he grinned and watched the match attentively.


Piers Morgan at the Kia Oval in London

Piers was in high spirits as he watched the cricket (Picture: by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Kevin’s seat was in the row in front, similarly dressed as he kept an eye on the game.

After Ofcom announced its decision on the complaint about Piers’ remarks, ITV released a statement which read: ‘We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence.

Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain

Piers has teased a ‘global project’ he has in the works (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)

‘The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments.’

Piers took umbrage over ITV’s claim that Ofcom only ruled in his favour because his ‘colleagues expressed different opinions’ to his.

‘Hmmm, ITV have just put out a statement saying I only won the ⁦@Ofcom⁩ case against Princess Pinocchio because my colleagues expressed different opinions to mine,’ he tweeted in response.

‘That’s not what the ⁦@Ofcom⁩ report says in its conclusion. I suggest ITV reads it again.’

An ITV source said that there are ‘no current plans’ for Piers to be welcomed back onto GMB, although the broadcaster will continue to work with him on Life Stories.

Piers later ruled out a GMB return, teasing a ‘global project’ that he has in the works.

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What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.

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