UPDATE at 12 Dec 2012, 9:53am: ROYAL HOAX CALL NURSE WAS FOUND HANGING
UPDATE at 12 Dec 2012, 9:46am: ROYAL HOAX DJs “PLAYING DUMB” ON PRANK CALL RULES?
UPDATE at 11 Dec 2012, 4.06pm: AUTOPSY OF ROYAL PRANK CALL NURSE EXPECTED TODAY
UPDATE at 11 Dec 2012, 11:57am: POLICE INVESTIGATING ‘ANONYMOUS’ YOUTUBE THREAT MADE TO ROYAL HOAX CALL RADIO STATION
UPDATE at 10 DEC 2012, 10:29am: OPINION – (ROYAL HOAX CALL) GUILT AND BLAME: THE ULTIMATE SHAPE-SHIFTERS
UPDATE at 10 DEC 2012, 09:46am: ROYAL PRANK CALL DJs BREAK SILENCE: WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE
UPDATE at 10 DEC 2012, 06:20am: 2DAY FM RADIO DUO TO APOLOGIZE OVER ROYAL PRANK CALL NURSE DEATH TRAGEDY
UPDATE at 10 DEC 2012, 05:35am: AUSSIE MEDIA COMMENTARY IN RESPONSE TO ROYAL HOSPITAL PRANK CALL NURSE DEATH
UPDATE at 08 DEC 2012, 11:04am: ALL ADVERTISING ON 2DAY FM SUSPENDED FOLLOWING ROYAL HOAX CALL DEATH
UPDATE at 08 DEC 2012, 10:57am: HOSPITAL IN ROYAL PRANK CALL TRAGEDY WRITES TO 2DAY FM FOLLOWING NURSES DEATH
UPDATE at 07 DEC 2012, 22:09: AUSTRALIAN ROYAL HOAX CALL DUO TAKEN OFF AIR – read more
UPDATE at 07 DEC 2012, 22:09: ROYAL FAMILY EXPRESS SORROW OVER NURSE’S DEATH – read more
UPDATE at 07 DEC 2012, 15:40: NURSE AT CENTRE OF ROYAL RADIO PRANK CALL FOUND DEAD IN SUSPECTED SUICIDE – read more
REPORT on 06 DEC 2012, 10:20: THE Australian DJs who made the prank call to the hospital where the pregnant Kate Middleton is receiving treatment have apologised but the controversy rages on.
Aussie DJs and radio station apologise for royal prank call
Mel Greig and Michael Christian from 2Day FM posed as the Queen and Prince Charles during the phone call to King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday evening (AEDT) and were put through to a nurse who gave an update on the Duchess’s condition.
They have since apologised, saying they were surprised the call was put through. The prank call was pre-recorded and vetted by lawyers before being broadcast to listeners in Sydney.
“2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the inquiries to Kate’s hospital,” a station spokeswoman said.
Audio: Listen to the full prank phone call to the hospital treating the pregnant Kate Middleton, made by Australian radio hosts
Hospital hoax call was treason, suggests expert
However, a legal expert told British tabloid The Sun: “It would be open to the Attorney General to consider the possibility of a prosecution for treason.”
According to the popular UK daily, the crime of treason has been on the books since the reign of Henry IV and extends to citizens of Commonwealth countries including Australia. Apparently the penalty for high treason is death, although a life sentence is more likely, The Sun asserts.
No further comment, says Australian regulator
Meanwhile, the Australian communications regulator has received complaints about a hoax call made by the 2Day FM radio hosts to the London private hospital where Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine is being treated for acute morning sickness.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has advised complainants to approach the station’s owners first.
“If a complainant is dissatisfied with the response, then a complaint can be made to the ACMA,” it said in a statement on Thursday.
“The ACMA has no further comment.”
IMAGE: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant and currently in a London hospital suffering from acute morning sickness. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)