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Kate Middleton Prank

Australian Station CANCELS Radio Show

12/10/2012 5:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The company that owns the radio station responsible for the Kate Middleton radio prank says it has "terminated" the show ... and will implement "a company-wide suspension of 'prank' calls."

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) issued the statement this morning saying it still feels "deep regret" for the death of hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha following the prank ... and "take the events of the last few days very seriously."

SCA says it has taken the following action:

- The suspension of all advertising on 2DayFM until further notice;
- The termination of 2DayFM’s Hot 30 show;
- A Company-wide suspension of “prank” calls
- A comprehensive review of relevant company policies and processes

SCA says it has tried to reach out to the hospital, but had "no success."

SCA doesn't believe it broke the law by making the calls ... but says it will cooperate with any police investigation.

SCA Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran added, "First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened.”

He says SCA is also "providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforseen event.”

As we previously reported ... before they were suspended, the DJs were actually BRAGGING about the call -- in which they impersonated members of the royal family to get information about Kate's medical condition.

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tobor    

The DJ's need to come to America.

661 days ago
17.

Nancy    

Of course they were bragging - because it was funny!! And no one was appalled by this call until the nurse's death. Maybe the media should have accurately reported the prank call in the first place...despite it being reported the "medical information was given" there actually was no real medical information given and certainly nothing that the public wasn't hearing already. Leave these DJs alone, the nurse's death is not their fault. There obviously were other issues and/or pressures.

661 days ago
18.

Danielle123    

What should show you guys that the woman had issues is the fact that all this woman did was patch the DJs through. The nurse that gave the information, who was receiving the brunt of the media didn't commit suicide. No one in the media was saying "oh my goodness, she patched them through" Everyone was talking about the conversation between nurse

661 days ago
19.

Maverick    

Complete overkill.

And I thought only America had prudes.

This was a silly joke that had unintended consequences.

661 days ago
20.

Danielle123    

I believe she had to be going through some things. All she did was patch the call through. She wasn't even receiving the criticism from the media. The nurse that was receiving the most criticism was the one that had the actual conversation. Nurse

661 days ago
21.

kitnplayn    

Oh, stop it. These DJ's played a harmless prank. People play pranks every day. This lady obviously had issues. If she would end her life over something so trivial, then she was destined to end her life. Shame on the Radio Station for pulling them out of their jobs. And TMZ should stop milking this story. It's old news. Move on.

661 days ago
22.

Willie    

This is what our society has come to. Look at it this way; an 18 year old has sex with his 16 year old HS sweetheart - is is a child molester; an old guy downloads a leaked photo of Miley Cyrus nude, he is a child molester; Max urinates in public, he is a child molester; Sandusky - no comment; deputy donald harder forces women to have sex at gunpoint - well he has friends in high places. So in America one size fits all. Every sex crime makes you a sex offender.

These people committed a prank. One person commits suicide. Therefore, all pranks are banned. Had this happened to anyone else, maybe nothing would have become of it. I'm sure the hosts are good people who intended no harm.

661 days ago
23.

tenley    

So they're facing massive public humiliation, loss of their job, and the likelihood they'll never work in their field again? Yeah, exactly, so did their target, only multiply that exponentially. Still a harmless little prank?

661 days ago
24.

Arctic    

The higher ups are using the DJs as pawns. They are sacrificing them to avoid any blame themselves. I for one would rally behind the DJs.

661 days ago
25.

Jamie    

Ok, you guys keep emphasizing that they "BRAGGED" about pulling the prank. What exactly is your point? They were bragging about it before she committed suicide. Lots of radio stations make crank calls and they pulled off a huge one. They were just excited because they didn't think there was any way it was going to work. It's very sad that the woman felt the way she did and decided to take her own life, but to make these DJs out to be villains is ridiculous. They never intended for anyone to be hurt by it, they were just going for an innocent laugh. No one could have predicted that it would end like that.

661 days ago
26.

tucker    

I can see suspending prank calls, but not the show.

661 days ago
27.

Kaaka    

Prank calls more or less have been apart of radio be it in music or talk format dating back as far i recall to the late 80's ,, Am i the only one that think this massive OVERREACTION is beyond insanity because a mentally unstable woman took her life ,,When i learn the woman was from INDIA ; It didn't surprise me one bit , since those people still suffer from massive INFERIORITY complex, and quiet frankly wouldn't mind being SUBSERVIENT once again to the imperialism of the BRITISH.

Ask any female in your family if they would ever take their lives because they were had by a prank that may or may not have offended the MUSEUM of LEACHES to TAX PAYERS that is the Royal family , I'm quiet sure the answer would be a hell no.

661 days ago
28.

GOLLY    

It is a tragedy that happened. But we cannot live our lives being fearful of what MIGHT happen. If we do that nothing will be done, no one will leave their houses, no one will talk with one another. What a horrible world that will be. But those who spend their days complaining and worrying about what MIGHT happen, have given up on life and should be ignored.

661 days ago
29.

Kaveman    

TMZ, you are a bunch a of serious LOSERS to jump on this bandwagon of hunting these two pranksters down. Year, they were bragging about their prank, SO WHAT??? That was BEFORE some lady with obvious psychological problems used it as an excuse to commit suicide. You people are disgusting to try to pin her death on two people who were trying to be humorous with a prank call. Bow your heads in shame you dogs.

661 days ago
30.

lilcapgun    

If they thought they were going to get hung up on 30 seconds in to the call why the he'll did they continue the call when they weren't hung up on. There shouldn't have been a discussion about Kate's health over the phone period!! Don't they believe in patient confidentiality?

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