Royal pranksters to speak out on Aus TV

2012-12-10 07:18
Sydney - The two presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating Prince William's wife Kate are set to break their silence on Monday in a "raw and emotional" interview with Australian television.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, from Sydney radio station 2Day FM, have been in hiding and undergoing counselling since their hoax sparked global outrage following the death of the nurse who fielded their call.

Australia's Nine Network said it would air an interview with the pair at 18:30 (07:30 GMT) on its news discussion programme A Current Affair.

"First interview with the #2dayfm djs just recorded with @TracyGrimshaw. It's raw & emotional. The full uncut interview at 6.30 tonight," the network said on Twitter.

Host Grimshaw added: "Let me say clearly that our interview with the 2Day FM hosts for tonight's A Current Affair was NOT paid for. Neither asked nor offered."

Commercial rival the Seven Network said it had also interviewed Greig and Christian and would broadcast its piece at the same time.

"On #TodayTonight at 6:30. #2DayFM pranksters tell all on the Royal hoax that went horribly wrong & how their lives have changed forever," Seven tweeted.

'Blood on their hands'

The hoax call, with Greig and Christian posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, was taken by mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, at London's King Edward VII Hospital.

With no receptionist on duty early in the morning, she put them through to a colleague who divulged details of the pregnant Kate's recovery from severe morning sickness.

Indian-born Saldanha was subsequently found dead, believed to have taken her own life, although British police have refused to confirm that ahead of an inquest.

The nurse's death has sparked uproar in the British media and online, with some accusing the Australian hosts of having blood on their hands.

The station's owners have vowed to co-operate with any investigations, but said that nobody could have reasonably foreseen the consequences of what the hospital says was an "appalling" hoax.


  • dienaakte.waarheid.7 - 2012-12-10 07:56

    Wait for the facts to come out before crucifying these two. It was meant in good fun and should be taken as a joke gone terribly awry. They will have to live with this for the rest of their lives, which is punishment enough.

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-12-10 08:06

    More than the question of the 2 idiots at the radio station,i think they should find out in what way the poor nurse was threatend by the hospital ,because i am sure this had more to do with the sad death .

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-12-10 08:28

    An 'Appalling' hoax? Had no one died as an apparent result of this would the hospital have still called it an "appalling" hoax? It would have been forgotten about by now. Its pretty rich of the British media to say these two Aussies have "blood on their hands". They are the best in the world at interfering in peoples lives and turning them upside down at any cost!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-12-10 09:45

    Every tv, radio, newspaper, blog thought it was fekking hilarious until the report came out. now they are all sanctimonious and So what does the world do, kill humour because every joke ever written has someone at the wrong end of the punch line.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-10 10:12

      Don't have cheap laughs by making a fool of someone innocent and by hurting their feelings and humiliating them. It's really not all THAT hard, unless you're a callous sociopath with Aspergers.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-12-10 11:36

      Go watch any comedy show, listen to any prank call, read any joke at any tome, spend 5 min on youtube. For a joke to be funny, there is ALWAYS a victim of some sort. This women was not even the target of the prank. Sure is sad, but seriously, must the world kill its sense of humour? have you never told a blonde joke? Or maybe one about an irishman?

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-12-10 10:51

    This was a publicity-stunt-to-push-up-ratings gone wrong. This radio station is known for it. I mean, it hasn't been long since the incident and they're doing interviews. It's highly insensitive to the family of the late nurse. Also, a prank is a joke. Jokes should not be carried out for too long. Especially jokes of this nature. Before they hung-up the call, they should've let the nurse (either the first or second nurse) know that it was a joke. These DJ's should've known that most Brits have the highest respect for their monarchy and take them very seriously. The radio station, not just the DJ's, should face disciplinary action whether the nurse took her life or not.

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