Kate Middleton Prank Call Update: Jacintha Saldanha's Family Representative Condemns Australian Trio
British lawmaker Keith Vaz has written to Southern Cross Austereo, parent company of Sydney radio station 2Day FM, to express his dissatisfaction over the way they've handled the aftermath of a prank call that may or have not lead to the suicide of Jacintha Saldanha - the nurse at the centre of the scandal, Reuters reports.
"There has been no written apology, no request for a meeting with the family and no attempt to travel to the United Kingdom to express contrition," Vaz wrote in a letter to Southern Cross chief executive Rhys Holleran which he released to the media. Southern Cross said it would donate its advertising revenue until the end of the year to a fund for Saldanha's family, with a minimum contribution of $500,000 ($525,000). "I would be grateful if you could let me know how you arrived at this figure and why you think this adequately deals with this serious and important issue," Vaz wrote.
The instigators of the now infamous prank call - Australian radio DJ's Mel Greig and Michael Christian - have been under intense scrutiny ever since Saldanha's body was discovered on Friday. They've since been suspended from the show, which has been canned, and issued a teary response to the tragic outcome of was supposed to be a harmless prank call. While it would be difficult to attach direct blame to them for Saldanha's suicide, it hasn't stopped British media outlets trying.