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  • 5 December 2013, 0:04

Royal Prank DJ Mel Greig Quits Radio Company

One of the Australian DJs at the centre of the royal prank call controversy has quit her job and dropped legal action against her employer.

In July radio host Mel Greig filed a claim against Sydney station 2Day FM's parent company Southern Cross Austereo, accusing it of failing to maintain a safe workplace.

The Fair Work Australia legal action followed a media storm over a prank phone call that linked Greig and her co-host Michael Christian to the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Southern Cross Austereo has said the dispute arising from the hoax has been "amicably resolved" and Greig had resigned, effective December 31.

In December last year, Greig and Christian called London's King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness.

In the call, Greig pretended to be the Queen and Christian posed as Prince Charles.

They were put through to the Duchess's ward by Ms Saldanha, who took her own life after the hoax was widely publicised in the media.

In the statement about Greig's departure from the company, Southern Cross Austereo reiterated its position that recording and broadcasting the call was "not unlawful".

It also said 2Day FM decided to broadcast the call despite suggestions from Greig that it should be changed.

The statement said Greig intended to provide a statement to the UK coroner's inquest and Southern Cross Austereo would co-operate fully.

The DJs apologised for their actions after Ms Saldanha's death, and Greig remained at the company but did not return to broadcasting.

Christian was back on air in February and a few months later Southern Cross Austereo named him "next top jock".

After winning the award, Christian said: "Regardless of all that's happened in the past few months, I'm still at the top of my game. So it felt good to see my name at the top of the final leader board."

But then-federal communications minister Stephen Conroy criticised the prize, saying: "I think there's a bit of bad taste involved there."

"There were some very serious consequences of what was a prank, and to be seen to be rewarding people so soon after such an event, I think, is just in bad taste."

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