Former News of the World man Paul McMullan drags Piers Morgan into the phone-hacking scandal

Some might say the former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor is mired in it already of course but former News of the World features executive Paul McMullan, placed much of the blame for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid’s excesses firmly on the shoulders of Piers Morgan (pictured) when he testified under oath to the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics yesterday.

What McMullan didn’t say, explicitly, was that the ‘win at all costs’ approach of Morgan led to the former editor actually commissioning phone-hacking although he did accuse former NoW editor Andy Coulson of so doing. Morgan, he implied, was content for others to do the dirty work. McMullan also said that former News international CEO Rebekah Brooks knew all about phone hacking despite her denials. Both Coulson and Brooks have been arrested and bailed to appear in court.

Morgan, who is now having a high old time fronting Piers Morgan Tonight for CNN and Life Stories for ITV, is usually quick to answer his critics via Twitter but, so far, he has not responded to McMullan’s accusations. Has Piers lost his phone or is there a lawyer hovering in the background?

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.