It all began as a bit for the Australian radio show Hot 30 Countdown starring DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian. They impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles so they could get the inside info on Middleton’s recently-announced pregnancy.
Earlier today, Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the radio station, announced they were canceling the show and enacting a company-wide suspension of prank phone calls.
SCA says it doesn’t believe the radio hosts broke any laws, but it will fully cooperate with authorities in the investigation of Jacintha Saldanha’s death.
Grieg and Christian expressed their deepest apologies for the nurse and her family in a televised interview.
“There’s not a minute that goes by that we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through,” Greig said. “And the thought that we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching.”
2Day FM has a history of controversial pranks. In 2009, the “Kyle and Jackie O” show paid a listener $1,000 to call their sister and convince her that their mother was injured and bleeding.
Later that year, the same show hooked up a girl to a lie detector and had her mother grill her about her sex life. It was revealed that she was raped when she was only 12 years old.
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles