A phone prank that may have contributed to the tragic suicide of a London nurse has prompted an Australian radio network to suspend the two DJs responsible for the hoax. A statement from Southern Cross Austereo released Monday confirmed that Mel Greig and Michael Christian of the Hot 30 show on 2Day FM “will not return to the airwaves until further notice.” Hot 30 was also canceled.
Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital, was found dead Friday of an apparent suicide. The 46-year-old’s death came just days after Greig and Christian impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to get information about the condition of Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate Middleton, who was being treated for acute morning sickness. Saldanha put the call through to the ward, and another nurse there updated the DJs on Middleton’s condition. Greig, 30, and Christian, 25, aired the call on their show.
“First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened,” Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran said Monday. “As a leading commercial radio broadcaster, we must ensure that our internal processes and protocols are robust. We don’t claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make. We are also providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforeseen event.”
Greig and Christian also expressed their sadness about Saldanha’s death in interviews on Monday. “I don’t think that anyone could have predicted what could’ve happened,” Christian said.
“’The first thing I asked was: “Was she a mother?”‘ added Grieg. “If we played any involvement in her death then we’re very sorry for that. We couldn’t foresee what was going to happen in the future.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are really getting dolled up for the first anniversary of their royal wedding.
Mattel Inc, the U.S. maker of Barbie dolls, said this week it will release a special two-doll set in April to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s wedding at Westminster Abbey.
The figures, part of Mattel’s Barbie Collector series, will come dressed up in outfits duplicating those the couple wore in a ceremony that was viewed by an estimated 3 billion people worldwide.
For William, that means a pint-sized version of his red Irish Guards outfit with a bright blue sash.
For Kate, that means a miniature of the traditional white dress and veil she wore, as well as a teeny-tiny tiara just like the diamond-studded original she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.
The price for the two-doll set is $100 and Mattel is taking pre-orders at http://www.barbiecollector.com.
The royal couple joins others in Mattel’s Barbie Collector, including country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as TV stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Elton John and Paul McCartney will perform in front of Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth’s rule.
Several other artists including Annie Lennox, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran will also be on hand to honor the Queen. And, organizer of the event,Gary Barlow, told People that PrincesWilliam and Harry “have both requested additional artists,” which will be announced as the event draws nearer.
It has been rumored that Adele is among those names on the list. Barlow added that some of the acts will be from America.
Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee takes place on June 4. Tickets are free but limited to 10,000 people who will be selected in a national ballot.
The ABC network will air highlights of the event on June 5.