/// CNN Chief Ken Jautz Says He’s Standing By Piers Morgan

August 5, 2011  |  Media Week

The president of CNN's U.S. operations, Ken Jautz, says he’s standing by primetime host Piers Morgan. In an interview with Adweek, Jautz, who took over the network in late September, a few weeks after Morgan was announced as Larry King’s replacement in primetime, said “we were very familiar with his background and several people talked to him about [his tabloid background].” Jautz added that Morgan “has been entirely consistent in his public statements and very firm in his denials and we do not believe there’s any impact on the show,” from the recent controversy. Asked whether CNN would keep Morgan on the air were the controversy to expand into an actual criminal inquiry, Jautz declined to comment saying “I’m certainly not going to deal with a hypothetical. ” Jautz’s comments, in a wide-ranging interview about CNN's primetime lineup, came the same day a number of MP’s, both liberal and conservative, were quoted in British press outlets calling for Morgan to return to the UK to answer questions about whether he was involved in the hacking scandal. Jautz’s remarks also came a day after Morgan responded to allegations made by Paul McCartney’s ex-wife , Heather Mills, that a journalist working for the company that owns the Daily Mirror,

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