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Australian Prank Call Deejays Lose Show, More Steps Taken

By December 10, 2012

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The parent company of Sidney's 2Day FM, where two deejays prank-called a British hospital and posed as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, have taken several actions in response to public outrage and harsh criticism of the stunt. (Mel Greig and Michael Christian, 2Day FM Publicity Photo)

Southern Cross Austereo has done the following:

  1. Suspended all advertising on 2Day FM until further notice
  2. Terminated the "Hot 30 Show" hosted by deejays Mel Greig and Michael Christian
  3. Suspended prank calls companywide
  4. Undertaken a review of "relevant" company policies and processes.

In a statement issued today, the company also said the two deejays who pulled the prank "...will not return to the airwaves until further notice."

Background: Nurse Takes Own Life After Prank Call from Aussie Deejays

Comments
December 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(1) BBSmith says:

Recently my son was in the hospital and the hospital would not release any information without a selected pass work set uo by his father.. I guess this not the normal thing but it is a very good safe guard.

December 15, 2012 at 5:06 am
(2) Bill Reddick says:

Look boys and girls, let’s get a little perspective on this, i’m an english/canadian living in Vancouver, and as sad as it is that anyone should die under these circumstances, this nurse only actually took the initial phone call, and handed it straight on to her colleague. How is that grounds to take your own life? The station is reacting, simply because of the bad press they have received, a damage limitation exercise. Of course the Dj’s have felt the backlash of this stunt, but look fair doe’s eh? The nurse that actually gave out information to the two presenters has not, as far as i know committed suicide, nor is there any reason to do so. It might be worth looking into the first nurses mental state, if that’s possible at all. Just saying……

December 15, 2012 at 9:39 am
(3) Shemp9971 says:

This whole thing reminds me of Orson Welles and the “War of The Worlds” broadcast, where people actually killed themselves believing that Martians were invading America.

December 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(4) Perentie says:

This prank call like any prank call was of poor taste but the backlash on those DJs is really disproportionate and unfair.

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