Ofcom clears Piers over Meghan row, warns of “chilling restriction” on speech

Britain’s broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has cleared Piers Morgan of breaching the Broadcasting Code after more than 57,000 whingers – including, reportedly, Meghan Markle herself – moaned to them about his scathing comments following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview in March.

The regulator found that the Good Morning Britain programme had not been in breach of Rule 2.1 and 2.3 of the Broadcasting Code on discussions of mental health and suicide, and had not been in breach of Rule 2.3 on debate about race and racism.

This website reported in March how beloved telly host Morgan had walked from his job on the ITV morning show after refusing to cave in to pressure and grovel to the woke mob, who had taken issue with his comments.

Despite the media furore, it appeared Morgan was more in touch with public opinion than his very vocal critics – with approval ratings for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex falling after their sit-down chat with ultra-rich celeb pal Oprah.

And now Morgan has been vindicated by Britain’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom, who found that he was not in breach of broadcasting rules.

“Mr Morgan was entitled¬†to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account” said the regulator in a huge victory for free speech and common sense.

Ofcom went so far as to warn of a potentially “unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression” if action were taken against the programme because Morgan cast doubt on claims made in the pampered royals’ televised whine-a-thon.

“The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.”

The decision went on to say that the regulator “considered that there is a high public interest value in broadcasting open and frank discussions about race and racism, as long as they comply with the Code”, adding: “we also considered that the Interview between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey contained serious allegations and it was legitimate for this Programme to discuss and scrutinise those claims.”