Teary Aussie DJs 'Gutted' Over Nurse's Death
Radio station says it tried to contact hospital 5 times before airing recording
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2012 7:32 AM CST
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(Newser) – Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig have broken their silence on their royal prank call gone horribly wrong, reports the Guardian, tearfully telling an interviewer that they're "shattered, gutted, heartbroken" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. "No one could've imagined this to happen," Christian said. "Naturally, we're shattered. We're people, too." "There's not a minute that goes by that I don't think about what (Saldanha's) family is going through, and the thought that we may have contributed to it is gut-wrenching," says Greig. The DJs meant no harm, adds Christian: "At every single point it was innocent on our behalf."

Innocent or not, Greig and Christian "will not return to the airwaves until further notice," says parent company Southern Cross Austereo, which has also axed their show, halted all prank calls, and nixed ads amid an internal review, CNN reports. But the station is doubling down on its decision to air the prank, saying that it had tried to contact King Edward VII's Hospital no fewer than five times to talk about the recording before airing it. "It is absolutely true to say that we actually did attempt to contact those people on multiple occasions," says Southern Cross' CEO. It's not clear if the hospital responded, notes the AFP, but it has mounted a withering assault against the station in the aftermath of Saldanha's death.

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TallTom
Dec 11, 2012 1:29 PM CST
Oh those DJs are just afraid that they will be the next ones to be "Suicided". The Royal Throne of London just does not take to kindly to pranks as these. Instead of being beheading the perpeTRAITORS at the Tower of London the Crown now has to move with their executions more discreetly in the British Empire as they've abolished the Death Penalty. I am certain that Queen Elizabeth has her "Kill List", as does her Umpteenth Cousin Barack Hussein Obama. (Yes they are Blood Relatives. A Twelve Year Old Girl doing Genealogical Research proved it recently.)
RidersOnTheStorm
Dec 10, 2012 3:37 PM CST
The London Metropolitan Police have been in formal contact with the Australian Police and I reckon the broadcaster will have some serious questions to answer to the boys in blue and better have some very deep pockets to compensate this young family. http://images.smh.com.au/2012/12/11/3880607/dh_vaz-20121211055953800839-620x349.jpg It was completely illegal to tape Ms Saldanha secretly and then broadcast the exchange without HER personal knowledge or permission. The King Edward VII Hospital has denied claims by 2Day FM that they had been contacted by the radio station before the 'prank' was broadcast. Telephone/email records will verify. The broadcaster was well aware of its responsibility to inform the hospital of what it had done, yet went on to broadcast regardless. The actions taken by the broadcaster led to the death of Ms Saldanha. Attempting to breach medical confidentiality and wasting the time of hospital staff and diverting resources. Actions, and lack of them, DO have consequences.
fractal
Dec 10, 2012 1:34 PM CST
Guess the media didn't really learn anything after Diana, did it?