Southern Cross Austereo has ‘terminated’ the radio show responsible for the Kate Middleton prank call and will implement ‘a company-wide suspension of prank calls.’
Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the radio DJs responsible for the prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room at King George VII Hospital on Dec. 4, may not be fired, but they just lost their show 2Day FM’s Hot 30 as the company who owns it, Souther Cross Austereo, “terminated” it on Dec. 10. This decision comes after the nurse who answered the call and patched it through to Kate’s room, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead on Dec. 6 from a suspected suicide.
SCA Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran said, ”First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened. As a leading commercial radio broadcaster, we must ensure that our internal processes and protocols are robust. We don’t claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make. We are also providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforeseen event.”
According to Herald Online, under the terms of their decision, the following actions have been taken: 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.
SCA and the hosts of the radio program have also decided that they will not return to the airwaves until further notice.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Their radio show is cancelled, but should the DJs be fired too?
— Chris Rogers
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