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Message 1312213 - Posted: 7 Dec 2012, 17:54:18 UTC

I think that on the face of it, and of course pending further details, this is a bad business.

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Message 1312217 - Posted: 7 Dec 2012, 18:08:38 UTC - in response to Message 1312213.

I think that on the face of it, and of course pending further details, this is a bad business.

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Yes, very sad. Free speech carries responsibility.

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Message 1312445 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 8:22:23 UTC
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I gather the Aussies aren't too pleased about this either. They have not broken
any laws in Australia over this but an Australian radio presenter has stated
that the two offending radio presenters involved in this may never work on
radio again. I expect the Australians may well now introduce a law against
this type of thing ever happening again similar to protective laws we have
here in the UK. In the UK, if you intend to broadcast a prank such as this one
you must first tell the person involved that you intend to broadcast first before
you can ask them any questions. The radio station involved is considered to
be a naff outfit anyway and currently this morning they are getting a very bad
response from the Australian general public. There being bombarded with hate mail
on their web site and twitter site too.
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Message 1312466 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 9:54:23 UTC - in response to Message 1312445.

I gather the Aussies aren't too pleased about this either. They have not broken
any laws in Australia over this but an Australian radio presenter has stated
that the two offending radio presenters involved in this may never work on
radio again. I expect the Australians may well now introduce a law against
this type of thing ever happening again similar to protective laws we have
here in the UK. In the UK, if you intend to broadcast a prank such as this one
you must first tell the person involved that you intend to broadcast first before
you can ask them any questions. The radio station involved is considered to
be a naff outfit anyway and currently this morning they are getting a very bad
response from the Australian general public. There being bombarded with hate mail
on their web site and twitter site too.

You're not wrong on that, The Sydney Morning Herald has gone to a full page spread on the story. Not very often they do that.

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Message 1312483 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 10:42:41 UTC

I think that it will be accepted that it was intended as a prank call, and they had no inkling that anyone would die because of it. Nevertheless, it was clearly in bad taste, and shouldn't have happened. They may well never work in broadcasting again, but they will also have the death on their consciences for the rest of their lives, which will be punishment enough.

This just goes to show that media presenters must adhere to a moral code of behaviour, whether newspapers, TV, or radio, and that there are sometimes unintended consequences from what may seem at the time to be jolly japes.

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Message 1332241 - Posted: 28 Jan 2013, 14:59:05 UTC

Ashes to ashes, and wait it out for the dust to settle and be forgotten?


Royal hoax radio show cancelled

... The pair have been on leave since the incident and a music-based show without a host DJ has been broadcast in their show's place.

"We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents," said Rhys Holleran of Southern Cross Austereo, owner of 2Day FM...



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Message 1337040 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 14:14:34 UTC

And so for yet more pranks?


Michael Christian back on air two months after Kate prank call

One of the two Australian DJs who made a prank call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated is back on air.

Michael Christian was suspended two months ago by 2Day-FM in Sydney after the nurse who answered the phone - and believed the callers to be the Queen and Prince Charles - was found dead.

Mr Christian is broadcasting on sister-station Fox FM in Melbourne.

His co-presenter at the time of the prank, Mel Greig, is still off the air. ...




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