Morgan's past resurfaces as he begins new at CNN

By the Associated Press | July 27, 2011 | 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN knew Piers Morgan had a colorful past as a London tabloid editor when the network installed him as Larry King's replacement this year, but surely didn't anticipate how that would ensnare him months into his new job.

An old interview has resurfaced that brought into question what Morgan knew about journalists at Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid illegally hacking into phone messages while he was editor there. He issued a statement Wednesday reiterating an earlier denial that he had involvement in or knowledge of the practice.

CNN says it remains satisfied with Morgan's explanations of what happened.

The Daily Mirror has come under suspicion following revelations that rival newspaper News of the World — recently shut down by its publisher — routinely intercepted voicemails left for public figures.