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Australian Radio Station Behind Kate Middleton Prank Being Investigated

Thu, December 13, 2012 5:00pm EDT by Russ Weakland 6 Comments
2Day FM Investigated Prank Call
Today, Pacific Coast News

In a story that seems to have no end in sight, the Australian radio station behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank is now under investigation! Fair or foul?

After the alleged suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who connected the infamous prank call with Kate Middleton‘s hospital room, the Australian Communications and Media Authority opened a formal investigation into the broadcast by the station 2DayFM! What should be expected may surprise you!

To get all the technical jargon out of the way, “The investigation will focus on the compliance of the licensee with its license conditions and the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice,” the ACMA said in a statement. Chris Chapman, chairman of the ACMA, also mentioned that the organization’s “formal regulatory relationship is always with the relevant licensee (and not the presenters of any broadcast in question).”

What this has to do with the Australian DJs, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, is simple —  they will not be solely targeted as the ACMA will be mostly focusing on the radio station as a whole. So no suspensions will be forthcoming from the investigation on the DJs.

Also, according to the ACMA, a radio show “must not broadcast the words of an identifiable person” unless the person “has been informed in advance or a reasonable person would be aware that the words may be broadcast” or, if someone was recorded without their knowledge, that person “has subsequently, but prior to broadcast, expressed consent to the broadcast of words.”

Rhys Holleran, the CEO of 2DayFM’s parent company, Southern Cross Austereo, combated this part of the investigation by mentioning that the King Edward VII hospital was called a total of five times to seek full permission to use the call on their airwaves, which the hospital clearly denies.

One thing is for sure, this story has just begun. There should still be an incredible roller coaster of events to happen. Stay tuned!

So HollywoodLifers, do you think its fair that the radio station and DJs are being blamed for the suicide? Sound off below!

WATCH: DJs Who Pranked Kate Middleton Apologize For Nurse’s Death!

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More Jacintha Saldanha News:

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  2. Jacintha Saldanha’s Tragic Final Hours Before Alleged Suicide
  3. Morrissey Slams Prince William & Kate Middleton For Nurse’s Suicide