Radio station to review broadcast procedures

Rappler.com

The owners of an Australian radio station met on Sunday, December 9, and promised to review processes — after a nurse caught in the middle of a prank call involving British royals – killed herself. The chair of London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital wrote the executives of Southern Cross Austereo, owners of radio station 2Day FM, to protest the prank call that resulted in Jacintha Saldanha killing herself. She was duped by the station’s two presenters who misrepresented themselves as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Because no receptionist was on duty, Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, answered the call and put them through to a colleague who divulged details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s recovery from morning sickness. The call was pre-recorded and broadcast to listeners in Sydney. The owners of the radio station said the outcome was “unforeseeable and very regrettable.”

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