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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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Ace    

I've only heard 1 episode of their show...I liked it.

626 days ago
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bozzladii    

I totally disagree. It isn't their fault this lady committed such a selfish act.

626 days ago
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Jen    

When I first heard the call, I did laugh and I am sure most of you did although you won't admit it since events have happened. I do think it's sad the nurse took her life but I do not blame the DJs at all. The nurse obviously had other problems in her life, they are not to blame whatsoever.

626 days ago
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Samaira    

I don't understand this whole thing. The nurse had to have problems before. I'm sad that she is gone, but what about the nurse that told the DJ all about Kate? Will she be punished, she did tell personal info over the phone. If the nurse didn't die, we would all be laughing about this and be in outrage that it was so easy get info on Kate. Wake up people...

626 days ago
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Bob the Builder3000    

It might not be illegal to impersonate someone to obtain private medical information, but it's certainly unethical.

These idiots knew that they were possibly jeopardizing the jobs of anyone they conned over the phone, and the didn't care.


Of course it is not their fault that someone committed suicide over this, but they knowingly set up other people to be humiliated all over the world, and they found this all very amusing. Just because they didn't think anyone would die over it doesn't mean they weren't still being complete, pathetic idiots with this stupid stunt.

626 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Maybe they couldn't have predicted this would happen, but it did. Here's a tip, if you're playing a joke on somebody and they're not laughing, it's not funny. If you were watching somebody be stabbed, you wouldn't chastise them for bleeding.

626 days ago
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Joey Jr    

Its sad bad it was just a bad joke , everyone acts like theses people knew the lady and bullied her.... it was a bad joke gone bad , sad but not murder by far

626 days ago
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Mike    

If they are go so far as to "terminate" the show and DJ's, they also need to fire all management including the corporate officers. Since crank calling was approved and condoned by all.... "all" should share in the punishment.

626 days ago
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tenley    

Good. People have been fired for a lot less. For one thing, they should have terminated the "prank" when it was clear not one but two staff treating Kate really believed it was the queen and they were now accessing confidential patient information.

626 days ago
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Zach Swan    

It is absolutely their fault that this lady killed herself. While suicide is an extreme and unfortunate outcome, it was ENTIRELY predictable that a victim would be utterly and completely humiliated by this stunt. When people are hurt like that, ANYTHING can happen. They just didn't think it out or care. People need to be kinder to others.

626 days ago
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Danielle123    

What's sad is that jobs are being lost to a clearly unstable woman. To kill yourself if you had children and a husband is simply astounding. I thought that she was a single woman but the fact that she killed herself leaving a family behind, children even, makes it clear that her problems went farther than a simple prank call. The fact remains that these DJs should not have lost their jobs over this. It's simply ridiculous.

626 days ago
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Max Smart    

I don't understand why they thought it was funny to ring a hospital to try to get private information about someone who was apparently violently ill. Also, I can understand why a private person who was subjected to humiliation on a global scale would want to kill themselves. She was from another culture and probably thought she'd bought shame on her family. She must have been mortified she'd done something bad enough to warrant that attention and thought life as she knew it was over.. Her world was suddenly turned upside down forever. I wouldn't call that an over-reaction. Poor woman.

626 days ago
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Michelle    

I'm sorry that this person killed herself, but I don't think it is right to lay this on these two people. She must've had other things going on to do this to herself.

626 days ago
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Danielle123    

If these people lose their jobs and are criminalized for this, every child, woman, man, etc. should be criminalized for every prank call they have or will make in the future. No one gave a crap about the woman before she killed herself in fact, the majority of people were laughing, but because she decides to end her life, the joke is all of a sudden horrible. Fact is, she messed up and that truly is her fault and these DJs should not be criminalized for this.

626 days ago
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tenley    

She was facing massive, relentless public humiliation and the likely prospect of never working in her field again after being notorious for the perceived breach in patient confidentiality. Stop saying the DJs did nothing at all wrong.

626 days ago
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