Australian radio hosts who made prank call to royal hospital taken off air over nurse's death

Dec 7, 2012 Full story: The Independent 298

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“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Essendon, Australia

#1 Dec 7, 2012
Before the inevitable flurry of extreme posts likely over this, can we please spare a thought for the fact that this is first and foremost a human tragedy and a lot of people have been grievously hurt who did not deserve to be.

Condolences especially to the family of Jacintha Saldanha who, unless it is proven otherwise appears to have taken her own life over this.

Her family and friends are grieving.

The Hospital and Jacinta's nursing colleagues have been hurt.

No doubt the Royal Family are hurting over Jacinta's fate.

Many of the public are hurting.

Radio 2Day FM will be hurting.

And to be fair, Mel Greig and Michael Christian are hurting, probably more than anyone else apart from Jacinta's family. Not only did they not foresee their prank ending up like this, it would have been the last thing they would have wanted.

Radio pranks are played around the world every day, and some are doozies! This one happened to backfire big time. The prank they played was no worse than many others in their industry, but obviously the outcome was uniquely worse.

As someone on Channel 7 remarked this morning, pranks are all very well, but we can never be sure who is on the other end or what their vulnerabilities might be. That risk is alway present.

It's easy for all us armchair experts to be ever-so-wise in hindsight ... perhaps Mel and Michael should have pulled the pin as soon as they realized they had gotten further along with the prank than they ever expected. Perhaps they themselves were too stunned to know quite what to do when they realized that, and it spiraled out of control.

It sounds a sobering warning for their industry, but hopefully it will not precipitate an avalanche of Politically Correct overkill in policy formulation.

That said, it seems inevitable that Racially embittered opportunists will now want to unleash their self-serving fury. That at least IS predictable.
Elias

Glen Waverley, Australia

#2 Dec 7, 2012
Sensible post.

“NO ANZUS”

Since: Nov 10

Southern California

#3 Dec 7, 2012
IP address will be logged. I hearyah. Lamington is right on this one. Those DJ's wanted to boost ratings. Never dreamed they'd be in this shit today. Think receptionist was not native English speaker. When I heard phone conversation on news it was obvious to me that was not Prince Charles on phone. I think pranksters were surprised receptionist believed their prank. Then this Indian lady became a worldwide incompetant joke. Haahaa how could she fall for that. Even though she had 2 kids the shame and humiliation brought her to take her life. Did these jackass djs intend this? Of course not. Bad prank bad suicide. Lamington is right, people should chill out.
Ronald

Long Beach, CA

#4 Dec 7, 2012
The Government has been conducting an ongoing reign of terror against decent worker ("middle") class women and men who do no wrong other than partaking in an occasional tobacco product. I suppose nothing will be done about these radio station terrorists and their station management enablers. Government seems to have gotten its priorities all wrong.

Ronald
Foxy

Perth, Australia

#5 Dec 7, 2012
It would have saved a lot of trauma to all parties if the DJ's had aborted their call when they realised they had got through to the hospital. The nurse would probably have assumed that the call had been put through to her ward after being checked out. No one person is to blame but these kind of pranks need to be thoroughly thought out when dealing with personal issues. Let's hope this kind of thing never happens to the DJ's themselves or their families.
10th LIGHT HORSE WA

Australia

#6 Dec 7, 2012
I don't know the full story but at the end of the day sad as it is the nurse took her life and no one else

Since: Apr 07

TERRA AUSTRALIS

#7 Dec 7, 2012
Taken off air, just in time for the Christmas break. I guess that is sort of convenient. Terrible thing though. Seems there is something not being said about how her colleagues and superiors reacted to the prank getting as far as it did. I saw a hospital spokesman on the news, he was none too happy. I'm sure he has nothing more to say now.
overwhat

Bryn Mawr, PA

#8 Dec 7, 2012
There are certain things that should be off limits for anyone and that includes invading someone's personal privacy on medical issues. Yeh that actually got through but the dj's should have cut it off or even tell the people on the phone they've been pranked. But to proceed to get some information on a patient should be considered an invasion of privacy.

But these phone pranks are boring, pointless and NOT funny. They seem to be popular on the morning shows in particular.

It also makes you wonder if this nurse had a "talk" with royal security officials after the incident. Or even worse. They were pretty huffy about the Las Vegas pictures and photo from France.

It's ashame that the nurse only wanted to help people. RIP
Busters

Swansea, Australia

#9 Dec 7, 2012
Because stupid poms take their dumb queen worship too far. What a backwards country and what a backwards culture LOL

Since: Jan 12

Where The Wild Things Grow

#10 Dec 7, 2012
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
Before the inevitable flurry of extreme posts likely over this, can we please spare a thought for the fact that this is first and foremost a human tragedy and a lot of people have been grievously hurt who did not deserve to be.
Condolences especially to the family of Jacintha Saldanha who, unless it is proven otherwise appears to have taken her own life over this.
Her family and friends are grieving.
The Hospital and Jacinta's nursing colleagues have been hurt.
No doubt the Royal Family are hurting over Jacinta's fate.
Many of the public are hurting.
Radio 2Day FM will be hurting.
And to be fair, Mel Greig and Michael Christian are hurting, probably more than anyone else apart from Jacinta's family. Not only did they not foresee their prank ending up like this, it would have been the last thing they would have wanted.
Radio pranks are played around the world every day, and some are doozies! This one happened to backfire big time. The prank they played was no worse than many others in their industry, but obviously the outcome was uniquely worse.
As someone on Channel 7 remarked this morning, pranks are all very well, but we can never be sure who is on the other end or what their vulnerabilities might be. That risk is alway present.
It's easy for all us armchair experts to be ever-so-wise in hindsight ... perhaps Mel and Michael should have pulled the pin as soon as they realized they had gotten further along with the prank than they ever expected. Perhaps they themselves were too stunned to know quite what to do when they realized that, and it spiraled out of control.
It sounds a sobering warning for their industry, but hopefully it will not precipitate an avalanche of Politically Correct overkill in policy formulation.
That said, it seems inevitable that Racially embittered opportunists will now want to unleash their self-serving fury. That at least IS predictable.
Although it's reasonable to say the DJs had no idea their call would have such tragic consequences, I have never found 'pranks' to be funny, it's always humour at some one else's expense - apart from being unethical this was also immature, some level of professionalism should be adhered to, it was exploitation of an innocent person with unintended results - just very sad for everyone concerned.
overwhat

Bryn Mawr, PA

#11 Dec 7, 2012
sairla wrote:
<quoted text>
Although it's reasonable to say the DJs had no idea their call would have such tragic consequences, I have never found 'pranks' to be funny, it's always humour at some one else's expense - apart from being unethical this was also immature, some level of professionalism should be adhered to, it was exploitation of an innocent person with unintended results - just very sad for everyone concerned.
Agree 100%. Personal medical issues and privacy should be sacred. Shouldn't even have to make laws against invading them. I wish there was an actual prosecutable crime but being out of country I doubt that will ever come about. The family might be able to get a civil suit against the djs and station.

They do those phone pranks alot here in morning and just change the station. I can't stand them. I simply don't get phone pranks. It's something a bunch of board teenager would do.
smile

Melbourne, Australia

#12 Dec 7, 2012
Busters wrote:
Because stupid poms take their dumb queen worship too far. What a backwards country and what a backwards culture LOL
Since Jacintha Saldanha was Indian and born in India, it is assumed you are referring to Indian culture.
Nathalie

Australia

#13 Dec 7, 2012
Very lowdown behaviour on the part of those DJ's,no respect, a bullying attitude, arrogance and pride and they will have the rest of their lives to pay for this. I guess they were born in bullying environment and were just "used" to it, never thought it would hit back so hard. A lesson for many to learn.
Jesse Pinkman

Australia

#14 Dec 7, 2012
Nathalie wrote:
Very lowdown behaviour on the part of those DJ's,no respect, a bullying attitude, arrogance and pride and they will have the rest of their lives to pay for this. I guess they were born in bullying environment and were just "used" to it, never thought it would hit back so hard. A lesson for many to learn.
How is a prank call bullying? You read too much horseshit on the msn comments didn't you?

It was a prank, a joke! Insensitive that it made light of Princess Kate's illness, but someone topping themselves has never been excused for answering the phone and patching an impostor through.

Bullying is not what happened. That is just absurd.
Mr White

Melbourne, Australia

#15 Dec 7, 2012
Jesse Pinkman wrote:
<quoted text>
How is a prank call bullying? You read too much horseshit on the msn comments didn't you?
It was a prank, a joke! Insensitive that it made light of Princess Kate's illness, but someone topping themselves has never been excused for answering the phone and patching an impostor through.
Bullying is not what happened. That is just absurd.
Good boy Jesse.

Since: Apr 07

TERRA AUSTRALIS

#16 Dec 7, 2012
Jesse Pinkman wrote:
<quoted text>

Bullying is not what happened. That is just absurd.
To be fair, we don't know what happened as far as the hospital itself was concerned, but no, those radio announcers didn't "bully" anybody. That's just totally ridiculous!
10th LIGHT HORSE WA

Australia

#17 Dec 7, 2012
Sad as it is at the end of the day the Sheila did it herself very unfortunate and sad yes the radio people's fault no

“We don't have to take it”

Since: Jun 08

WhereTFamI?

#18 Dec 7, 2012
DJs are allowed way too much freedom on many radio stations, and they cross that thin line between common sense and decency very frequently.

2Day FM is the same station which gave us Kyle Sandiland. He's just lucky that the teenager (13), who he organised a Lie Detector test for and had her expose her sex life on radio, didn't self harm afterwards from the embarrassment of it all. He has hurt many people on radio and TV with his self-serving nasty cutting comments. It must make 'him' feel superior to belittle others, as he's been doing it for a long time.

One smart-arse (very nasty) radio prank a few years back, was so convincing it caused a divorce, but not until after the husband attacked the wife over it and put her in hospital. The two male DJ's were laughing on Air so much after the prank they could hardly talk... the recording was on Youtube.

This is not a matter of being Politically Correct, it is a matter of concern that "taking the Mickey out of somebody" has got to the stage that people feel it's necessary to kill themselves or somebody else, because they were duped or shamed.

The smugness Mel and Michael would have felt at pulling off that prank has now become tragic.

This should be a lesson to everyone, not just them or the radio station, to realise that it is NOT funny to embarrass or shame people for no good reason at all,just because they can.

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#19 Dec 7, 2012
A prank, in bad taste, blown way over board, only getting so much air time because it was the Royals involved.

“shirley you cant be serious ”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#20 Dec 7, 2012
Gottaliv wrote:
DJs are allowed way too much freedom on many radio stations, and they cross that thin line between common sense and decency very frequently.
2Day FM is the same station which gave us Kyle Sandiland. He's just lucky that the teenager (13), who he organised a Lie Detector test for and had her expose her sex life on radio, didn't self harm afterwards from the embarrassment of it all. He has hurt many people on radio and TV with his self-serving nasty cutting comments. It must make 'him' feel superior to belittle others, as he's been doing it for a long time.
One smart-arse (very nasty) radio prank a few years back, was so convincing it caused a divorce, but not until after the husband attacked the wife over it and put her in hospital. The two male DJ's were laughing on Air so much after the prank they could hardly talk... the recording was on Youtube.
This is not a matter of being Politically Correct, it is a matter of concern that "taking the Mickey out of somebody" has got to the stage that people feel it's necessary to kill themselves or somebody else, because they were duped or shamed.
The smugness Mel and Michael would have felt at pulling off that prank has now become tragic.
This should be a lesson to everyone, not just them or the radio station, to realise that it is NOT funny to embarrass or shame people for no good reason at all,just because they can.
close the internet then - last one out please turn offthe lights - gottaliv a will never callyou a gormless tit again for fear you will slash your wrists - gosh you really are a complete boob lol

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