Australian radio station reviews policies after Royal hoax

Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha (Credit: Jacintha Saldanha (Getty Images))

The Australian radio station under fire for a prank call to a hospital treating Kate Middleton said Sunday it would review its procedures after a nurse's apparent suicide.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead Friday after putting the hoax call through to a colleague who unwittingly disclosed details of Kate's morning sickness to a pair of 2DayFM DJs.

A recording of the call, broadcast repeatedly by the station, rapidly became an internet hit and was reprinted as a transcript in many newspapers.

New South Wales Police said they were in contact with London's police force and were ready to assist in any investigation.

"I can assure you we are taking immediate action and reviewing the broadcast and processes involved," said Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of the radio station's parent company SCA.

He added: "We are all saddened by the events of the last few days. They are truly tragic ... The outcome was unforseeable and very regrettable."

The station's owners pulled DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig off the air as advertisers began to pull out. Both have so far declined to speak about the incident.

The hospital's chairman Lord Glenarthur called their actions "appalling" in a letter to SCA on Saturday.

Saldanha, married with two children, was originally from India and came to Britain around 10 years ago.

(with Reuters)


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