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article imageAustralian royal hoax DJs have radio show cancelled

Sydney - Two Australian radio DJs who impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles when attempting to call a hospitalized Kate Middleton have had their show cancelled.
In early December of 2012, Digital Journal reported that Mel Greig and Michael Christian, DJs with the Australian radio station 2DayFM, called King Edward VII's Hospital Sister Agnes in London after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted for hyperemesis gravidarum. The DJs were not able to speak with the Duchess, but a staff member did give the pair details of Kate's condition.
The hoax sparked considerable international criticism of the DJs. Both Greig and Christian, as well as the radio station, issued formal apologies to the royal family.
Three days after the prank phone call was made, Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who released Kate's medical condition to Greig and Christian, committed suicide. Following the suicide, Rhys Holleran, chief executive officer of the radio station, stated the DJs were shocked by the suicide and "have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which oversee commercial radio stations, began an investigation into the incident to determine if the station violated the Commercial Radio Code of Practice. The investigation found that no violations occurred.
On Sunday, the station announced that Greig and Christian's show had been cancelled and will be replaced by a new program with a different DJ.
Southern Cross Austereo, the company who owns the radio station, said that Christian and Greig are still employees of the station, but remain on leave. Holleran told the Guardian:
"We look forward to Mel (Greig) and MC (Christian) returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents – we will discuss future roles with them when they are ready."
The station has also pledged to donate $500,000 from advertising profits to Saldanha's family.
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