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  • 11 February 2013, 10:56

Royal Hoax DJ Michael Christian Back On Air

One of the Australian DJs at the centre of the royal prank call controversy in which a nurse was found hanged has quietly returned to the airwaves.

Michael Christian is back on the air presenting the mid-morning show on Melbourne's Fox FM radio station.

The show he presented with co-host Mel Grieg, on sister station 2Day FM in Sydney, was suspended and eventually cancelled after the pair made the prank call to King Edward VII's Hospital in London in December.

They pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles and asked about the health of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated at the hospital at the time.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred the call to a colleague, was found hanged three days later, sparking a backlash against the DJs.

Rhys Holleran, CEO of Austereo, which operates both radio stations, said: "We are happy to have Michael back on air.

"We have always supported our talent returning to work when appropriate and today marks that occasion for Michael.

"We look forward to welcoming Mel Greig back when the time is right."

According to Australian media news website Mumbrella, Mr Christian did not identify himself to listeners during on-air links.

His name was also missing from the station's listings on its website.

Neither Mr Christian nor Ms Greig will be prosecuted over the hoax call, during which details of the Duchess of Cambridge's rare form of morning sickness were revealed.

Both presenters appeared on national television in Australia to apologise for the stunt.

"If we played any involvement in (Ms Saldanha's) death then we're very sorry for that," Mr Christian said during the interview.

An inquest found no suspicious circumstances over the death of Ms Saldanha, a mother of two who was born in India.

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