If BFD readers are wondering what the faint popping noises echoing across the Tasman signify, relax: it’s just the sound of a million left-luvvy heads exploding. Piers Morgan is coming to Australian TV. On Murdoch media, no less.

Rupert Murdoch and Piers Morgan: wonder-twin powers, activate! Power of… enraging lefties! There’s nobody the left hate quite so much as Rupert Murdoch, and, well, everyone hates Piers Morgan.

Outspoken broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan has gone from walking off the set of a British morning TV show in outrage into a global television deal that will see him star on Australian television and major networks in the US and the UK.

Morgan, 56, promised to bring “my straight-talking, no-nonsense, common-sense view of life” to Australia.

The presenter and former Fleet Street editor will launch a new show syndicated throughout the world on networks including Sky News Australia, Fox Nation and News UK’s talkTV after signing an international deal with News Corporation.

It’s going to be epic.

“Outspoken” is, of course, a polite way of saying “asshole”. Piers Morgan is an asshole to rival Donald Trump, only without the latter’s charm.

I mean all that in a good way, may I add. I like assholes. Even when I disagree with them, as I do so very often with Piers Morgan. For every time he’s bang on the money, such as calling out Meghan Markle’s self-serving pity party, he’s completely full of it on climate change or gun control. He’s also been one of the most assiduously wrong Covid hysterics.

But, hey, that’s what assholes are for: to stir the pot, to shake gilded pillars of the high and mighty and bring them down to Earth with an almighty thump.

Morgan is “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire”, News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said after striking the deal […]

The global chief executive of News Corp, Robert Thomson, said Morgan ­believed “passionately in the contest of ideas”. Morgan advocates for “the principle of freedom of speech, and he delivers his perspective with a pithy puckishness that is compelling for a broad and growing audience. He carbonates debate with wit, whimsy and wisdom”, Mr Thomson said.

Most often he comes across as a loudmouth bully. Maybe that’s just part of the act, though.

Morgan, who began his career as a writer and editor for British tabloids, said he was “thrilled to be returning to News Corp, which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago”.

“Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together,” he said.

“I want my global show to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged […] I can’t wait for my new show to start airing on Sky News Australia, putting the woke world to rights!”

More often it seems as though Morgan celebrates the right of everyone else to have his opinion, but, eether/either.

Anyone who can bung a rocket up the jacksies of the high and mighty is good to go, in my books. Whether I agree with them on everything or not. In fact, it’s more fun when I don’t. Because, how boring would the world be if everyone just nodded along in unison?

Victoria Newton, Editor in Chief, The Sun, said: “Forget Ronaldo, this is the biggest comeback of the year.”

The Australian

The exploding heads are going to be the best entertainment I’ve had in years.

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Oh, God, Here Comes Piers Morgan

Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or...