UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
NEW YORK - "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan appears to be the front-runner to claim the CNN talk show long hosted by Larry King.
The British TV personality has won permission from NBC, which airs the hit talent contest, to pursue the CNN job, according to an industry official who requested anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the changeover.
Morgan has been considered a favorite to replace King, who on June 29 announced his departure from the prime-time perch he has occupied for a quarter century.
Morgan is a 45-year-old former tabloid editor who turned to television several years ago. He has been a judge on "Britain's Got Talent" and its U.S. spinoff, "America's Got Talent." In 2008, he was champ of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice."