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Channel 4 has obtained exclusive footage dating back to 2003 of the then editor of the Daily Mirror, Pier Morgan, discussing phone hacking with singer Charlotte Church.
The footage will feature in a Channel 4 observational documentary airing tonight (Wednesday 28th November at 8pm) following Hugh Grant and the ‘Hacked Off' campaign in the run up to the publication of Lord Leveson's Report on his Inquiry.
Piers Morgan has always said that he knew phone hacking existed and he still maintains that he never knowingly used it.
Hugh Grant was given footage never publically seen before.
In the programme Hugh Grant explains : "The other day at breakfast just before the Tory conference, we were chatting to Charlotte Church and she suddenly remembered that she had interviewed Piers Morgan for a speech she was making and it was videoed and in it he talked about phone hacking. So she has lent us the DVD and this it'.
Transcript of the footage of Piers Morgan specking to Charlotte Church:
Piers Morgan: "There was a spate of stories that came out because of mobile phones. When they first came out mobile phones journalists found out that if the celebrity hadn't changed their pin code, right..."
Charlotte Church: "Yeah, you can access their voicemail."
Piers Morgan: "You can access, access their voicemail. Just by tapping in a number. Are you really telling me that journalists aren't going to do that? If they know they can ring up Charlotte Church's mobile phone, listen to all her messages..."
Charlotte Church: "My God"
Piers Morgan: "Right, now all you have to do and I know it's hard because celebrities don't like doing anything for themselves is actually change your security number."
Charlotte Church: "Yeah, I've changed my security number".
Piers Morgan: "And now you don't have to worry".
Charlotte Church: "Exactly".
You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKNuiClg_Vc
Twitter hashtag: #Tabloids
Hugh Grant: Taking on the Tabloids (Wednesday 27 November at 8pm on Channel 4
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