The Australian radio show which prank called the King Edward VII hospital, where Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness last week, 2Day Fm's Hot 30 show has been terminated following the death of Jacintha Saldanha the nurse who received the call.
The 46-year-old, who was described as a “dedicated” carer, was found dead last Friday following a suspected suicide. Saldanha had received the prank call from radio DJs Christian Michael and Mel Greig and had transferred it to the ward where the Duchess was recovering.
In a statement released by Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) earlier today they confirmed the show, was to be “terminated” and “a company-wide suspension of “prank” calls,” had been enforced. All advertising on 2Day FM had also been suspended until further notice and a “comprehensive review of relevant company policies and processes,” was to take place following the tragic events.
The statement insists that the SCA “doesn't believe it broke the law by making the calls” but will “cooperate with any police investigation.”
They also stressed they had tried to reach out to the hospital before the conversation was aired but with “no success.” SCA Chief Exectuve Officer Rhys Holleran said: "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.”
"As a leading commercial radio broadcaster, we must ensure that our internal processes and protocols are robust. We don't claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make.
"We are also providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforseen event."
Both DJs were suspended last week when the news broke. The pair, who had been bragging about the prank call on the hospital where they posed as Kate's relatives the Queen and Prince Charles, took part in a TV interview where they stressed how “heartbroken” they were to hear Mrs Saldanha had died.
Kate Middleton leaving King Edward VII hospital in London last week (Splash News)
Speaking in an interview with Australian show A Current Affair, Greig said: "Not a minute goes by that we don't think about the family and what they are going through, and the thought we may have played a part is gut-wrenching."
With Christian adding: "It was something that was just fun and light-hearted and a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected.
"We are shattered, heartbroken and our deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and all those people affected.
"Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for the situation and what's happened."