Prank on Kate Middleton's hospital nixes radio show

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The Australian radio station that made a hoax call to a London hospital about the Duchess of Cambridge said it's canceling the show that broadcast the call and will cooperate with authorities after a nurse who answered the phone was found dead, Bloomberg News reports.

"The radio show won't go ahead into the future," Rhys Holleran, chief executive of Southern Cross Media Group Ltd., which owns the 2Day FM station, said in a video message on its website. The Hot 30 show, which broadcast the segment, has been terminated, while prank calls have been banned across the company and advertising suspended on the station, Southern Cross said in a statement Monday.

Two presenters from 2Day FM impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles phoned London's King Edward VII hospital last week seeking details about the health of the former Kate Middleton after she was admitted for acute morning sickness. The nurse who took the call, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead Friday. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, never expected to be put through, according to an interview broadcast Monday night on the Australian TV show "A Current Affair." "There's not a minute that goes by where we don't think about her family and what they must be going through," Greig said. "The thought we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching."

Saldanha will be buried in India, the BBC reported, citing a statement from her husband, Ben Barboza, via Facebook.

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