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Kate Prank DJs Want To Speak To Media
The two DJs at the centre of the royal hospital hoax call tragedy "have expressed a desire to speak" to the media.
Crisis talks are under way at the company that owns 2Day FM, whose presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian duped Jacintha Saldanha into helping reveal details about the Duchess of Cambridge's health.
It led to Ms Saldanha's apparent suicide days later.
A spokesman for Southern Cross Austereo - 2Day FM's parent company - said: "They have expressed a desire to speak. We haven't ascertained when they're ready for that and how we're going to organise that, but they certainly want to."
The firm also said it was reviewing its broadcast processes.
It comes as the Duke of Cambridge pulled out of attending the British Military Tournament on Sunday night so he can spend time with Kate.
She is recuperating after receiving hospital treatment for severe morning sickness.
The royal couple had both originally been due to attend tonight's event, billed as "the largest display of military theatre in the world".
But all of Kate's forthcoming public engagements were cancelled after she spent three nights at the King Edward VII's Hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke of Cambridge will no longer attend the British Military Tournament at Earl's Court this evening, but will spend Sunday privately with the Duchess instead.
"It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it."
Meanwhile police in Australia have been contacted by Scotland Yard over the death of Ms Saldanha.
New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said officers had been in touch - but emphasised there was no suggestion that a crime had been committed.
He said: "There has been a request for assistance from London's Metropolitan Police to the New South Wales Police through the Australian Federal Police.
"The request has gone to the city central command - the area where the 2Day FM office is."
The radio station has responded in writing to a strongly worded protest from the hospital about the prank. The hospital accused the station of humiliating the tragic nurse in the "appalling" stunt.
The radio station response reads: "We are all saddened by the events of the last few days. They are truly tragic.
"It is too early to know the full details leading to this tragic event and we are anxious to review the results of any investigation that may be madeavailable to us or made public.
"We can assure you that we will fully cooperate with all investigations. As we have said in our own statements on the matter, the outcome was unforeseeable and very regrettable.
"I can assure you we are taking immediate action and reviewing the broadcast processes involved.
"Our company joins with you, all at the King Edward VII's Hospital and Mrs Saldanha's family and friends in mourning their tragic loss."
what do you think?
Think they've done enough without speaking to the media - didn't they get enough publicity from their stunt? How will speaking to the media change things
I totally agree!They've caused enough damage as it is, speaking to the media just attention seeking to hopefully get the world to forgive them :o/
Maybe they could point out to the world that they never expected to get through or further than security, but because of the hospitals/and royals lack of security and cost cutting by having a nurse on the switchboard, the hospital badly let this lady down.
They should keep there mouths shut and b happy they still av a job hopefully they wil quit on their own ways !
My heart goes out to the family of this young nurse, but a totally disagree with these comments Wind-ups happen all the time everyday of the year for the last how long with how many deaths caused by it. These presenters didn't mean for this to happen there job is to entertain ppl not kill ppl. Give them a break. This world would be a boring place without the odd wind-up.
Oh at last a voice of reason! These radio prank calls happen all the time! I don't find them funny at all, and am not not trying to advocate them, but blaming these D.J.s for the lax judgements of the hospital staff involved is way off the mark!!! I'm sad she took this action but its not like she caused the end of the world!!!
entertainment i dont think so. wind ups are irritating and not really funny
Don't give these idiots any more air time. They should be dismissed. They shouldn't invade someone's privacy at any time, especially at a hospital. I feel so much sympathy for the nurse's relatives and friends.
Did anyone from the royal family make a complaint about the nurse? NO has anyone from the royal family asked for the presenters to be sacked or punished for there actions? NO So why don't you just give them a break. They have to live with this for the rest of there life. A prank gone wrong
your right alison
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Im no royalist by any means but that was harsh and way below the belt
Are you for real she is hundreds of miles from her family.how would you like to have it done to you on live radio.thay could of told the nerses before playing it
everyone should get off the DJ's backs,even Prince Charles made a joke of it,ok they got through pretending to be a Royal and asking on old Kates condition, as for her condition well the newpapers etc are making it the BIG WOW,i know of 2 women who had same thing morning sickness 24/7 upto birth,one went to work still every day driving a school bus! As for the nurse,if she was that unstable start asking how come no one noticed, and she was still doing the job and not getting the help she needed
Firstly, the condition experienced by the Duchess of Cambridge is a lot more serious than simple "morning sickness" which itself affects different women in different ways. Secondly, there was no indication of "instability" in the unfortunate lady who lost her life. On the contrary, she had worked there for the last four years without any apparent problem. Thirdly, hospitals are not the place for stupid pranks....
Lisa Marie Williams
I knew someone who killed themselves it was shock as there was no indication. And as sad as it is she may of planned on killing herself before the prank . U cant blame neone for it. Practical jokes happen all time it was just bad timing
Gordon, firstly which one have you experienced, Secondly, id agree about the prank had it been practical but I think your forgetting something here it was a verbal prank. Thirdly, have you never watched Jeremy beadle he done lots of hospital pranks but did anyone call for his head.
John, your last point, from reports I have read NO she seemed to have been taken from her nurses job and put on swithboard duty,and No she probably did not get any help she needed.
As you say even the royals made a joke of it---- in public. Anyone's guess what happened in-----private.
Actually Steven, lots of people thought Beadle was a waste of space. Secondly, although I have not personally experienced morning sickness, I watched my wife go through it during two pregnancies. The condition is extremely unpleasant but no where near as bad as the more serious condition experienced by the Duchess. Thirdly, verbal prank or not, it does seem to have had a tragic result. I trust that answers your questions............
At the very least they should apologise
Lisa Marie Williams
The poor nurse had more stuff going on in her life it had nothing to do with the practical joke when it happened even the royals were laughing about and in all fairnesd she didnt give out ne infornation on condition another nurse did that . It is sad tho feel really sorry for her family
Peaple keep mentioning beadle.the big difference is these jokes were the idea of freinds and family who would write in.also research was done to the character of the victim.not like these silly phone jokes.
It was a verbal prank and I think your missing the point it was never ment for the nurse it was ment for the royal and as someone said it shouldn't have past the switch board.
It was meant for a sick young pregnant girl in hospital with her first child... and that's ok? Weird humour.
Im missing no point. Im pointing out the difference between these of the cuff phone pranks and something thats been planned carefully.
I'm glad now the majority of comments being left aren't from the knee jerk specialists ready to foul mouth these DJs... Get this.... How do you know what led to the nurses suicide? You don't do you! So why do you shout your vitriol without any foundation or background information. Its you who should be ashamed of yourselves...
Funny coincidence though...
There are many coincidences every day the world isn't as straight forward as that though.
I think the 2 DJ's are as much victims here as the unfortunate nurse who died. All this was was a silly prank. Nothing more. And without any disrespect to Sandhana, it's hardly worth killing yourself over. There, I said it.
I agree, the DJs are receiving far more pressure and abuse that the nurse was ever likely to sustain from the very people that accuse them of driving her to suicide... Hypocrites and big mouthed pompous attitudes.
I agree too Geoff and some of us have been trying to say this for a few days now, but we get howled down by those who feel that apportioning blame is the correct way to proseed with this. I can, however, understand her being upset if it was one link in a chain of unfortunate life events and she had just had enough
A terrible tradegy for the Family of Jacintha, but if the the prank call was a contributory factor in her death, it is more likely to have been her fear of the actions of her employers and the media, that could have caused her to take such drastic action. Unfortunately we live in a society always looking for someone else to blame. I feel sure that if the consequences of the prank call had been envisaged, it would never have been aired. The DJs are now facing the consequences of their actions, but a witch hunt will not bring Jacintha back to her family.
Charles - very sensible comments. We do always look for a scapegoat, someone to blame. Sometimes events take on a momentum of their own and once that snowball is rolling......Makes no sense to me to blame the djsalone as i suspect there were other factors. I cannot imagine the hospital not being furious with these two nurses( i personally think they were innocents who were duped), unless they were completely untrained in protocol in dealing with the royals
Sorry, but using the 2 DJ's as scapegoats is wrong.....Ok, their "prank" was tasteless, but it's not like they did it knowing the outcome!! We don't know anything about Ms Saldanha's personal circumstances. I don't believe this prank call was the only and direct cause of her sadly ending her life. She had a young family, a career.....you don't just end it all over one phonecall. This has turned into a witch hunt......Speaking from personal experience, I suffered from depression for years and one day all it took was for one, minor negative thing to tip over the edge........but I was lucky........that's all I am saying on that.....All you folks who are putting the Dj's on trial are clueless......learn facts before you pass judgement.......
I think its ridiculous to blame the djs ! I find it very hard to believeviv someone would take own life leaving her family just becauseof a prank ! Obviously other issues under the surface. She wasn't even the one who gave the details