Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Duchess prank call DJ back on air

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha is believed to have killed herself after the prank call by Michael Christian and Mel Greig

One of the two Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was treated during the early stages of her pregnancy is back on air.

Michael Christian and Mel Greig sparked worldwide outrage in December when they were put through to Kate's ward after phoning the King Edward VII's Hospital, posing as Prince Charles and the Queen.

They were suspended by 2Day FM in Sydney after the nurse who answered the phone was found dead - but Mr Christian has now returned to the airwaves. He has appeared on sister-station Fox FM in Melbourne.

His return follows an announcement by British prosecutors that the DJs would not face charges in connection with Jacintha Saldanha's death.

The Duchess was receiving care at the central London hospital for a rare form of pregnancy sickness when Mr Christian and Ms Greig made their prank call.

Ms Saldanha, 46, a mother of two from Bristol, answered the phone and put the pair through to a colleague who detailed the Duchess's condition. Her body was found in her nurses' quarters three days later and led to an international backlash against the 2Day FM DJs.

Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of 2Day FM, cancelled the radio show, the Hot 30 Countdown, in the wake of the tragedy. It was replaced by a new programme called The Bump.

Rhys Holleran, chief executive at Southern Cross Austereo, confirmed Mr Christian's return to broadcasting in a statement to media.

It 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 MC (Michael Christian). We look forward to welcoming Mel Greig back when the time is right."

Earlier he said the DJs would return to work "when the time is right". Ms Greig remains off air.

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