Dj - Australian Djs Lose Their Show Over Duchess Prank Tragedy

The Australian Djs behind a prank call to the Duchess Of Cambridge's hospital have lost their radio show following a fierce international backlash over the suicide of a nurse caught up in the stunt.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian became global celebrities last week (ends09Dec12) when they duped staff at the King Edward VII Hospital in London by pretending to be members of Britain's royal family and gained access to the pregnant Duchess' private medical information during her treatment there.

The nurse who took the call, mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead three days later in a suspected suicide, prompting widespread criticism of the two radio presenters, as well as a barrage of complaints and online abuse.

The Djs' Hot 30 show on Sydney radio station 2Day Fm was suspended following the tragedy, and bosses at Southern Cross Austereo (Sca), the company which owns the station, have now confirmed the show will not be returning to the airwaves.

On Monday (10Dec12), radio bosses released a statement revealing the show has now been axed and they have also banned any further prank calls.

The statement reads, "Southern Cross Austereo (Sca) today reiterates its deep regret for what has taken place. The Company, board and team at Sca take the events of the last few days very seriously. A number of actions have been taken since the events took place, including; The suspension of all advertising on 2Day Fm until further notice; The termination of 2Day Fm's Hot 30 show; A Company-wide suspension of 'prank' calls; A comprehensive review of relevant company policies and processes."

It is not clear whether Greig and Christian will continue working for the radio station, with bosses adding the hosts "will not return to the airwaves until further notice."


Contactmusic

Tags:

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of One Of The Greatest Ever Rap Albums [Trailer]

The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists...

'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of One Of The Greatest Ever Rap Albums [Trailer]

Big Announcement Time: Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs In New Biopic. Another One.

If you’ve seen that Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, you might think...

Big Announcement Time: Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs In New Biopic. Another One.

Martin Scorsese Working on Grateful Dead Career-Spanning Documentary

Martin Scorsese is working on a career-spanning retrospective documentary of the Grateful...

Martin Scorsese Working on Grateful Dead Career-Spanning Documentary

'Interstellar' is Coming: But What Is a Black Hole, Exactly?

We're now just weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar -the...

'Interstellar' is Coming: But What Is a Black Hole, Exactly?

Ouch! 'Serena' Is Big Misfire for Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

It took about 400 years to make, but finally, Serena is here. Well, in the...

Ouch! 'Serena' Is Big Misfire for Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Nicole Scherzinger - Big Fat Lie - A Track by Track Interview

Nicole Scherzinger talks us through the tracks on her second solo album 'Big Fat Lie', released...

Nicole Scherzinger - Big Fat Lie - A Track By Track Interview Video

Sam Smith - Like I Can Audio

An audio for Sam Smith's super soulful love ballad 'Like I Can' has now been made available. The song is taken from his...

Sam Smith - Like I Can (Audio) Video

'Ouija' Cast Joined By Fellow TV Stars For Hollywood's Spookiest Social Seance [Video]

With the forthcoming release of supernatural horror 'Ouija', the cast were joined...

'Ouija' Cast Joined By Fellow TV Stars For Hollywood's Spookiest Social Seance [Video]
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All