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.
Over Nurse's Suicide
12/10/2012 5:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Christian and Mel Greig -- the two Australian radio DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank call that led to the suicide of a nurse -- say they are "incredibly sorry" for what transpired ... as they speak out for the first time.
The pair sat down with "A Current Affair" in Australia and described how they found out that Jacintha Saldanha had taken her life. Michael said they got the news at the same time and Mel called it "the worst phone call I've ever had in my life."
The DJs have been off the air since the incident, which they say has weighed on them ever since. Mel explained, "There’s not a minute that goes by that we don’t think about the family and what they must be going through and the thought we might have played a part in that is discouraging ... I wanted to just to reach out to them and give them a hug and say sorry, I actually do feel sorry, I really do."
Mel's attitude toward the prank was different before Saldanha took her life ... as TMZ first reported, she posted a photo on Facebook just hours before, joking about how impersonating the Queen should help her score free drinks.
Bragged About Royal Prank
BEFORE Nurse Suicide
12/9/2012 2:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Australian DJ who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II in a prank phone call ... BRAGGED about her accomplishment on Facebook ... right before the nurse who answered the call committed suicide.
TMZ obtained a screenshot of Mel Greig's Fbook page taken Friday evening in Australia ... a.k.a. BEFORE news broke that Jacintha Saldanha -- the nurse duped by Greig and her co-host -- had been found dead in London.
The post reads ... "Why is it that I can impersonate the queen to get private royal information but no one believes I'm the queen for a free champagne whilst out?"
Greig attached a pic to the post -- of herself and another chick, smiling and hanging out at a bar.
We reached out to Mel's rep for comment ... who said (again), "No one could have ever predicted the tragic sequence of events that followed the prank call."
As TMZ previously reported ... Greig and her co-host Michael Christian shut down their Facebook and Twitter pages immediately after the nurse's death -- and suspended their gig at the station.
Kate Middleton Nurse Suicide
Lexus Pulls Ads from Radio
Station Behind the Prank
12/8/2012 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lexus Australia has axed all of their advertising from 2DAYFM ... the radio station that allowed two DJs to prank call Kate Middleton's hospital ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ spoke to a rep for Lexus AU ... who tells us the company has officially pulled the plug on their media campaign due to "the current situation" -- specifically the suspected suicide of the nurse who answered the call.
We're told this isn't the first time Lexus AU has pulled ads from 2DAYFM. The car company pulled ads from the station last year as well following an incident with a different announcer.
This recent ad campaign (which began November 1) was the company's first with the station since then.
Kate Middleton Hospital Prank
First Photo of Nurse
Who Killed Herself
12/8/2012 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Finally putting a face to name, the first photo of the nurse from Kate Middleton's hospital who committed suicide hours after two Australian DJ's pranked her has just been released.
Scotland Yard sent out the haunting snap-shot of Jacintha Saldanha -- the nurse on-call at King Edward VII Hospital in London -- who was duped by two radio DJs pretending to be the Queen of England and Prince Charles.
According to Scotland Yard, the 46-year-old Saldanha was pronounced dead on scene Friday and her death is currently listed as "unexplained." An autopsy will be held next week.
Saldanha's family issued a statement. saying, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha. We would ask that the media respect out privacy at this difficult time."
The Australian radio station behind the phony phone call also issued a statement Saturday, stating it did nothing wrong and there was no way to have foreseen the tragic outcome.
As TMZ previously reported, the two DJ's behind the phone call have since suspended themselves from the airwaves.
Kate Middleton Nurse Suicide
You Be the Judge
12/8/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The suicide of the London nurse who was "pranked" by two Australian radio DJs has incited outrage from around the globe. So, we gotta ask …
We're SUSPENDING OURSELVES
Due to Suicide
12/7/2012 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The company adds, "SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."
The two Australian DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank that may have led to the suicide of a nurse have decided to REMOVE themselves from the airwaves.
Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, has released a statement ... saying, "SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital."
SCA says the CEO has spoken with both of the DJs ... who are both "deeply shocked" over the tragedy.
Interesting that SCA did NOT pull the DJs off the air immediately following the prank ... but instead waited until the backlash after Saldanha's suicide.
Ducking for Cover
12/7/2012 8:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The two Australian DJs at the center of the Kate Middleton hospital prank have gone RADIO SILENT since news broke that the nurse at the hospital committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.
The DJs are under serious fire after pulling off a stunt where they pretended to be the Queen of England (fake voice and all) and duped nurse Jacintha Saldanha into connecting them to the people treating Middleton, who revealed details about Kate's condition.
Saldanha's body was discovered early this morning ... and cops believe it's an obvious suicide.
TMZ called the Australian radio station where the DJs work ... and were told by the executive producer that the DJs will NOT be taking any calls, period.
The E.P. explained ... the DJs have been "ordered" not to speak to the media. It's unclear who issued the order.
The producer added, "I advise you to stop trying to call them."
Hospital Nurse Found Dead After Radio Prank ... Suicide Suspected
12/7/2012 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
8:30 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops are NOT planning on conducting a criminal investigation into the death at this point ... and believe there was no foul play.
We're told a post-mortem examination (autopsy) is currently being scheduled and is expected to be conducted in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Kate and William's rep has issued a statement on behalf of the royals saying they are "deeply saddened" by the news ... adding, "Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."
A nurse at the hospital where Kate Middleton was treated for morning sickness this week has been found dead ... and suicide is suspected -- after she mistakenly transferred a prank radio call to Kate's hospital room.
According to law enforcement, the woman was found dead at an address near King Edward VII hospital, where she worked, around 9:30 AM this morning.
Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but were unable to revive her. Scotland Yard is treating the death as a possible suicide.
The woman -- a nurse identified as Jacintha Saldanha -- was the victim of a prank by an Australian radio station, which called King Edward VII hospital on Wednesday pretending to be the Queen of England (with a terrible accent) and asking to speak to Kate.
The nurse immediately transferred the call to Kate's room, where another nurse then nervously explained Kate's condition over the phone. The call was broadcast all over the planet.
The radio station issued an apology just hours after the prank aired, saying, "We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we'd be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well."
Kate was released from the hospital yesterday.
William & Kate
Our Fetus is
12/7/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Prince William and Kate Middleton's unborn heir is already raking in the best baby gear money can buy ... for FREE! And yes, it's totally weird to be jealous of a fetus -- but we are.
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RELEASED from Hospital
I'm Off to My Palace!
12/6/2012 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Middleton has finally been discharged from the hospital ... after several days of treatment for "acute morning sickness" ... and now the Duchess says she's headed back to her palace to rest.
Kate was all smiles on her way out of the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London ... clutching some flowers ... and getting some assistance from her hubby Prince William.
Afterward, Kate's team of Royal statement writers released the following royal statement, "The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest."
“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment the Duchess has received.”
God save the fetus.
The Corporate Race
TO THE FETUS!
12/6/2012 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Middleton is only a few weeks pregnant ... but already being SHOWERED with lavish gifts from tons of baby product companies ... all gunning for what could be the HOLY GRAIL of preggo publicity.
TMZ has learned ... Kate has already received swanky goodie-baskets from at least 4 U.S.-based baby product companies ... and presumably dozens, if not hundreds, more from around the globe.
The logic is simple ... Kate likes the goods ... uses goods ... is photographed with goods ... goods get WORLDWIDE publicity ... company makes a bloody fortune.
So far, we know Kate been sent kiddy learning programs from MyTalkingToddler.com ... morning sickness relief from a company called One Step Ahead ... and clothes and products from 2 high end L.A. baby boutiques.
We spoke to a rep for Bel Bambini in Beverly Hills ... who told us they sent Kate a $2,300 gift basket which included a new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller (worth $978), a Fendi layette set ($265), Dior Booties ($275) and much much more.
Kate also got more than $1,000 in free baby swag from Flicka -- a high-end baby store owned by "General Hospital" star John Reilly. Management tells us they shipped over their "hot selling Choo Choo blankies" which have been worn by a whole bunch of celeb babies.
Guess Kate can cancel the baby shower ... unless Queen Elizabeth's just DYING to play "Guess the Due Date."
Like a Dad!
12/5/2012 3:00 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
While his wife Kate Middleton is in the "very early stages" of pregnancy, Prince William is jumping balding head first into his new role of pending fatherhood ... by already dressing like a common dad.
Looking like your average suburban father heading to the mall on a Saturday, the 30-year-old Duke of Cambridge rocked a comfortable baggy sweater, worn in easy fit khakis, dark dress socks and a pair of sensible walking shoes as he made his way to King George VII hospital in London today -- where Kate is being treated for severe morning sickness.
No word if he'll be driving a Royal minivan anytime soon.