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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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151.

Uk    

England's emergency services is 999

647 days ago
152.

Tracey    

yet everybody just loves the video prank of the scary ghost girl in the elevator, going around these days. HYPOCRITS! It is not their fault the chic was unstable and can't take a joke.

647 days ago
153.

Buzz    

On a completely different note... we don't use 911 in Australia. Our emergency number is 000. It's important for visitors to know that too!

647 days ago
154.

Missywat112    

What a load of Bull. If it wasn't for the media blowing it up in the first place it wouldn't have been so bad. Prince Charles even joked about it on camera! I'm sick of hearing about it! Leave the DJs, the radio station, the hospital, the nurses family and even the royals to deal with it themselves. The media needs to just stop reporting on it and let the procedure take place. Let those involved sort it out with any involvement from others !! Back off plain and simple!!

647 days ago
155.

V    

Those other pranks were performed by other hosts. Im not defending those pranks, at the time they happened they were crucified by the public and obviously police investigations were held.
But this specific prank, was so harmless, no one could have seen this sort of outcome, and i highly doubt it was desired. It is always sad when someone takes their own life, but to blame it on a prank call is very childish.

646 days ago
156.

Uk    

The nurse who died after a hoax call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was found hanging, Sky sources say. Jacintha Saldanha was still alive when she was discovered on Friday morning in her room at staff accommodation near the hospital. "Whoever had discovered her first had cut her down," said Sky's Martin Brunt. "By the time police and paramedics had arrived she was still conscious and attempts were made to revive her. "If it adds anything to this very tragic story it indicates a very determined bid to kill herself, rather than what some people describe as a cry for help. "I also understand ... that a suicide note was left in which she, we believe, gave some explanation for the actions that she's thought to have taken."

646 days ago
157.

jiji    

lock them up for 35 years! I have these damn pranks!! they have fun and people suffer!!

645 days ago
158.

jiji    

lock them up for 35 years! I have these damn pranks!! they have fun and people suffer!!

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