The Royal Prank: The Story Behind The Worst Radio Stunt In History

A prank call by two Australian radio DJs led a nurse in the U.K. to end her life. The story behind the “royal prank” and its tragic outcome:

“Southern Cross Austereo moved into damage-control mode upon learning of Saldanha’s death on the evening of Friday, Dec. 7. On Monday, the station released a media statement, citing a ‘deep regret for what has taken place’ and outlining four actions undertaken since ‘the events took place’: the suspension of all advertising on 2Day FM; the termination of the Hot 30 show; a company-wide suspension of ‘prank’ calls; and a ‘comprehensive review of relevant company policies and processes.’ Both Greig and Christian were to stay off the air until further notice. The pair had also deleted their Twitter accounts following torrents of abuse and death threats. A video addressed to the station supposedly from the hacker group Anonymous demanded Greig and Christian’s contracts be terminated: ‘You have one week to do so. I repeat: you have one week to do so.'”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 1, 2013
Length: 22 minutes (5,536 words)
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