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Royal Hoax Station Has 'Proof' Over Call
The Australian radio station that made a prank phone call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has said it has proof it tried to get permission to broadcast the hoax.
Sydney Radio station 2Day FM says phone records show it called King Edward VII's hospital in London after recording the now infamous royal prank call.
A spokesman for 2Day FM, owned by Southern Cross Austereo, said the station had always maintained that four follow-up calls were made after DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian phoned the hospital on December 4, pretending to be the Queen and Prince of Wales.
However, the hospital has previously said it had no records of the calls being made.
A 2Day FM spokesman told the AAP news agency: "It has been somewhat contentious for a while, but today 2Day FM has established through its phone logs and verification by the phone company that those calls were made to the hospital after the first call, which became known as the prank call."
Greig and Christian made the prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness.
The presenters managed to dupe nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred their call to another nurse.
That nurse then divulged private information about the Duchess.
Ms Saldanha committed suicide soon after the hoax was publicised.
The 2Day FM spokesman claims the follow-up calls were made around 30 minutes to an hour after the prank was recorded in an effort to seek permission to air the stunt.
The hoax was not aired until some hours later, he told AAP.
The comments come as Ms Saldanha's family prepares itself for an inquest into her death to be held in London next week.
The radio station's spokesman could not confirm whether the phone records had already been filed with the coroner, but said there was "no reason why they would have been withheld".
Grieg has not returned to work since the hoax call and recently announced she was taking legal action against the radio station.
She has also said she wants to take part in the inquest.
Christian is back on air at a radio station in Melbourne owned by the same parent company.