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Dangerous Pranks

12/10/2012 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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There's some serious hypocrisy at the Australian radio station that pulled the plug on the Kate Middleton pranksters -- because the station has a history of setting up dangerous stunts ... some purposely designed to cause panic and mayhem.

2DayFM's "Kyle and Jackie O" show aired a segment called "Desperate Acts" back in 2009 ... where a listener was given $1,000 to call her sister and convince her their mother was injured, bleeding, and in need of medical attention.

It worked ... the sister called 911 and sent paramedics speeding to the mother, who was totally fine.

That hoax prompted a police investigation.

Later in 2009 ... Kyle and Jackie O hooked up a teenager to a lie detector while her mother grilled her about her sex life. The stunt blew up in their faces when the girl suddenly revealed she had been raped when she was 12.

That segment led to another police investigation, and got the DJs a week-long suspension.

Additionally, 2DayFM has reportedly been on probation multiple times for violating Australia's broadcast code.

Despite getting repeatedly slapped on the wrist for their stunts ... 2DayFM honchos still signed off on Michael Christian and Mel Greig pulling the Kate prank.

2DayFM's response to the nurse's death has been that "no one could have predicted" the tragedy -- arguably true -- but they've also broadcast stunts where tragedy is not only foreseeable, but desired.

So, canceling the DJ's show ... hypocritical?

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Ih8Taxes    

Wow, those stunts were pretty low.

661 days ago
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TheGame    

They don't play when it comes to their Royalty.

661 days ago
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TheGame    

And who would've thunk somebody would take a prank call they way she did.

661 days ago
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kendoll    

They should prank call Lindsay LOHAN . Pretend to be that train wreck drug dealer . How far would have that went ?

661 days ago
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bernergirl    

Shut them down, hold the head honchos responsible!

661 days ago
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blondie    

so now we know about THEIR history.
i hope they get sued.

661 days ago
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kells    

Well at first I didn't think the DJ's should be crucified like they have been, until I read this. What a couple of douchebags.

661 days ago
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p_maciel    

Wow those pranks aren't funny at all! Thank goodness they are off the air!

661 days ago
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p_maciel    

Wow those pranks aren't funny at all! Thank goodness they are off the air!

661 days ago
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People Annoy Me    

I hope the information about the 12 year old wasn't live...,.That would be an Invasion of Privacy
As for the $1000 gag, that's a little low.
If they keep violating the broadcast codes, why still have the station on the air? Time to look at the bigger honchos instead of the Radio DJs. They are the ones who are allowing this behavior to continue and even encourage it.

661 days ago
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patsfan4life    

Immature idiots. I hope the family of the woman who killed herself sues them for retribution.

661 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

lock them up for 20 years...

661 days ago
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anony    

These "prank" things that pretend to be famous people or representing famous people aren't funny, and for exactly the reason of what happened this time.
Calling a Chinese restaurant with an Arnold Schwartzenegger sound board is one thing, but this is another.

661 days ago
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Krystle    

As much as I disagree with the call saying a mother is injured...they had no way of knowing about a teen being raped at 12....and as far as I am concerned, this death is not their fault...the woman that killed herself did not release any information, all she did was transfer their call!! She was clearly having issues in her life, that caused her to take her own life. I feel horrible for her family, but do not take it out on these dj's!!

661 days ago
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TJ    

Many people have no boundaries or consciences these days. It is, sadly, a fallen world. Not enough kindness or compassion for others. Too much evil going on.

661 days ago
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