Australian DJs Who Prank Called Kate Middleton’s Hospital to Face Police Questioning Following Nurse’s Suicide

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The Australian DJs involved in a radio hoax that possibly led to the suicide of a nurse at Kate Middleton’s London hospital will now be questioned by New South Wales authorities, following a request from Scotland Yard.

“It is [a non-suspicious death] but if you’re going to prepare a coroner’s brief you will need to look at all aspects of it and there’s this question about what was said and done,” Nick Kaldas, NSW Deputy Commissioner, said on Sunday [via The Telegraph].

Earlier this week, Mel Greig and Michael Christian of 2DayFM posed on the air as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in search for an update on Middleton’s condition after the 30-year-old Duchess was admitted into the hospital for severe morning sickness.

On Friday, the body of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse receptionist, was found around the corner from the hospital.

The Telegraph reports that as of this weekend, Christian has been “holed up” in a central Sydney hotel while Greig’s location remains unknown. A growing number of reporters have also been spotted outside Christian’s hotel.

The DJs, who have since been suspended, have received a global wave of backlash, as well as harsh and threatening messages on social media.

“We have real, genuine concerns for their wellbeing and state of mind. They are getting medical assistance,” according to a spokesman from Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of 2DayFM.

Rhys Holleran, Austereo’s CEO, said in a press conference on Saturday that the DJs remain the company’s primary concern.

“These people aren’t machines, they’re human beings. We will make sure that their wellbeing is the priority for us. No one could reasonably foresee what actually happened in this case . . . prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades. They’re done worldwide,” he said.

On the same day, the chairman of King Edward VII Hospital, where Middleton had stayed, penned a letter to Austereo’s chairman, noting that “it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone make the call.”

“The immediate consequences of these premeditated and ill-considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients. The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words,” said Lord Glenarthur.

Major advertisers, including Lexus Australia, supermarket giant Coles and telecom firm Telstra, have since pulled out of their ties to 2DayFM, while the station itself has suspended all commercials in the wake of the tragedy.

“We have suspended advertising at least until Monday on that radio station in Sydney out of respect to advertisers until business issues can really be addressed,” according to a spokesperson for Austereo [via The Herald Sun].

Last Monday, the British royal family announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child together. The Duchess, who is less than 12 weeks along in her pregnancy, was released from the hospital on Thursday.

What do you think of all the attention this story is receiving? Do you think the Australian DJs went too far with the prank?

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