Radio Pranksters Get Death Threats, Bodyguards
Regulator may revoke station's radio license
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2012 1:35 PM CST
Radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian pose in this publicity photo.   (AP Photo/AAP Image, Southern Cross Austereo Sydney)

(Newser) – The Australian radio station involved in the prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital has hired 24-hour bodyguard protection, after getting a number of death threats. About a dozen Southern Cross Austero staffers have been forced to move into hotels, and as many as 10 executives have been assigned personal protection, at a cost of around $75,000 a week, News.com.au reports. Police are looking into the threats, the latest of which arrived in the mail yesterday and specifically named host Michael Christian.

The letter told Christian that there were "bullets out there with your name on it (sic)." Police are also watching social media for other threats. But death threats may be the least of the station's worries; the Australian Communications and Media Authority has fast-tracked an investigation into the incident that could see SCA lose its radio license. It's not the first time SCA has been embroiled in scandal over a controversial segment, and the regulator may decide that it has a "poor compliance culture."

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MattB
Dec 14, 2012 4:23 PM CST
1. I am absolutly supprised there was no special phone line, & there were no procedures in place to screen the calls. 2. The call, while intrusive - not criminal. 3. I is very sad someone lost their life, but as it unfolds I am sure that we will see the hospital probably had a bigger role in it, you think this happened & let did not say a word to her.
JustinB
Dec 13, 2012 6:49 PM CST
This isn't a story about a prank or about suicide. It is a story about the media's lack of accountability. The media continually chalks their antics up to freedom- theirs with no thought or consideration to anyone but themselves and their own agendas. Unfortunately it takes a tragedy like this to draw the line.
gomer99
Dec 13, 2012 6:20 PM CST
S'pose NBC should commit suicide over pretending that the queen jumped out of a chopper at the Olympics ? Some people have too much time on their hands............