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DJ in Kate hospital prank quits

One of the Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated during her pregnancy has resigned.

Mel Greig has resolved her dispute with radio station Southern Cross Austereo - against whom she filed a claim, accusing her employer of failing to maintain a safe workplace.

The claim followed a worldwide media storm over a prank phone call that linked Ms Greig and fellow DJ Michael Christian to the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Ms Greig and Mr Christian made a prank call to London's King Edward VII Hospital in December last year, where the Duchess was being treated for severe morning sickness.

The presenters - pretending to be the Queen and Prince Philip - were put through to her ward by Bristol mother-of-two nurse Ms Saldanha, who took her own life three days after the hoax was widely publicised in the media.

In a statement released in Australia, the Southern Cross Austereo said the dispute arising from the royal hoax had been "amicably resolved" and Ms Greig had resigned, effective from December 31 this year.

The company reiterated its position that recording and broadcasting the fateful call was "not unlawful" and said 2Day FM decided to broadcast the call despite suggestions from Ms Greig that it should be changed.

In a statement, Austero said: "Prior to the call being broadcast she made suggestions for changes to be made to the recording of the call.

"2Day FM decided that the call should be broadcast without alteration."

Austero said Ms Greig intended to provide a statement to the UK coroner's inquest and that the station would co-operate fully .

The inquest into Ms Saldanha's death has been opened and adjourned.

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