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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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46.

Denver    

It's not what you do, it's what you get caught doing. Then the station has to apologize and the DJs have to
pretend on TV that they are sorry for what happened. Then another station will say something stupid and nothing has been learned. All in the quest for ratings.

590 days ago
47.

PT    

Did anyone see blondie's 'crocodile tears' this morning on the news? Better watch out; what comes around goes around.

590 days ago
48.

Joi    

Initially, I didn't think Michael and should have been blamed for what happened to the nurse because I felt Jacintha Saldanha may have had deeper issues. The person who I expected to be more embarrassed was the nurse who answered the "Queen's" questions.

However, after hearing about the stations history, I feel Michael and Mel should be removed permanently and the station should be hit with a very large fine.

The fact that the lawyers signed off on it doesn't make a difference. Michael and Mel were the ones who came up with the prank in the first place. They should have hung up the phone when they realized that they were being put through to the nurse in Middleton's room because they could have broadcast highly confidential medical information over the air.

This is obviously a dangerous duo.

590 days ago
49.

Curious    

Hey Harvey,
Is it not illegal to impersonate the Queen (or anyone else for that matter) to access someone's private medical info? Should they not be at least charged for that?

590 days ago
50.

v    

This particular prank should not have made it past the person who answered the phone. The hospital should have provisions in place to handle phone inquiries from anyone requesting information about a patient over the phone. Since they did not, the situation spiraled out of control.

590 days ago
51.

v    

This particular prank should not have made it past the person who answered the phone. The hospital should have provisions in place to handle phone inquiries from anyone requesting information about a patient over the phone. Since they did not, the situation spiraled out of control.

590 days ago
52.

static    

Actions have consequences intended or unintended, I love the way the broadcast company tries to play the suicide off as "unforeseen" the fact is your employees perpetrated a fraudulent call to the hospital that held an innocent young woman up to public humiliation and scorn I hope all their advertisers drop them and the DJs and management are at minimum fired.

590 days ago
53.

sasha    

Its a no brainer...Cancel the show. Put the two in the back of the radio station to shuffle papers for real radio hosts!

590 days ago
54.

OooooNooo!    

Maybe they can replace Artie Lang on the Howard Stern Show?

590 days ago
55.

Fuck Celebrities    

These two *******s violated Princess Kate's privacey.


Hang them both.

590 days ago
56.

christy    

These people and those who approved the crap they have been doing should be fired period. That stuff is not funny and if they were repetedly been violating the code then why were they even on air to begin with? They do not feel the least bit sorry. Ok so they had no way to know this woman would kill herself, they did not care however if whoever was on the phone lost their job or not. They could of hung up after she transfered them but chose not to. They knew full well that person would most likely be in trouble but did not care. They are worthless s***.

590 days ago
57.

brianastreeter    

At first I had a bit of sympathy for them because I know they didn't mean any harm but now that I hear about the other hoaxes the show needs to clearly be cancelled. Shoudn't they have learned from the first time.

590 days ago
58.

Marissa     

It breaks my heart to think that the nurse chose to leave her children without a mother because she felt humiliated. Suicide is the most selfish thing a person can do and when i think about the impact that her decision will have on her children, I have no pity for her. Its funny how everyone is saying how horrible the DJs are, but it takes a monster to put their family, esp. children through such a predicament because of a prank that would have been forgotten in 3days.

590 days ago
59.

camilla    

Lawsuits for all this Christmas!!!! Ho Ho Ho!... eh hem .. I mean Ha Ha Ha! There will never be a shortage of knuckleheads.

589 days ago
60.

suavechef1    

Well the best punishment is taking money outta someone's pocket and that's what they did

589 days ago
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