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Piers Morgan. Photo: Morgan Lieberman/WireImage

Former "Good Morning Britain" host Piers Morgan signed a global deal with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Media and News Corp, the companies announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The announcement marks Morgan's first new TV role since he resigned from "Good Morning Britain" in March after criticizing Meghan Markle for her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Driving the news: Morgan will launch a new TV show in early 2022 that will originate in London and stream on the upcoming station talkTV, which News Corp also announced Thursday. The show will also air on Fox Nation in the U.S. and Sky News Australia.

  • He will join The Sun and the New York Post as a weekly columnist.
  • HarperCollins UK has also signed the world rights for his next book.
  • Morgan began his career working for News Corp more than 30 years ago.
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What they're saying: "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," Morgan said in a statement.

  • "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."
  • Murdoch said: “Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire. Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling."

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