2Day FM presenters bombarded with abuse after Duchess of Cambridge radio prank
Radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, whose initial apology for the prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was followed by further boasts about it, have been bombarded with online abuse following the news that nurse Jacintha Saldanha has died.
The 2Day FM pair remarked during their Hot30 Countdown show how their efforts were the “easiest prank call ever made”.
The duo have continued to boast about the gag on Twitter while in a video on the radio station’s website they laugh and joke about it.
Greig giggles: “They were the worst accents ever and when we made that phone call, we were sure 100 people at least before us would have tried the same thing.”
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Sitting beside her in what appears to be their studio, Christian adds: “We got through and now the entire world is talking.”
Meanwhile, a banner on the radio station’s website continues to proclaims it to be the “biggest royal prank ever”.
The pair, who only began hosting the nightly chart show earlier this year, were clearly delighted with the amount of publicity the gag had given them.
Greig, whose Twitter profile proclaims: “I co-host the Hot30 Countdown and Hot30 TV, I attempted to race around the world on the Amazing Race Australia and I have a half decent rack”, has continued to tweet about the global reaction to the prank over the past few days.
In their earlier apology for the call, the presenters said: “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.”
The prank call was pre-recorded and vetted by lawyers before being broadcast to listeners in Sydney.
A spokeswoman for the station said: “2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the inquiries to Kate’s hospital.
“The radio segment was done with lighthearted intentions. We wish Kate and her family all the best and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.”
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it has received complaints about the gag.
It is not the first time the radio station has got into trouble with the ACMA for its broadcasts.
In 2009 a 14-year-old girl was pushed into revealing she had been raped while attached to a lie detector live on air.
Earlier this year presenter Kyle Sandilands was found to have breached the decency provisions of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice after he called a journalist “a fat slag”.