The DJs involved in the "Kate Middleton prank call scandal" will eventually return to the airwaves of the same station that they were working on when they pranked King Edward VII Hospital nurse Jacintha Saldahna (picture above released by Scotland Yard), it was announced on Monday. Saldahna killed herself a few days later.
Southern Cross Austereo is the parent company of radio station 2DayFM, which carried the two DJs and their show "Hot 30." Chief Executive Rhys Holleran was quoted as saying DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig will go back on the air.
"We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents," Holleran said in a statement Monday.
SCA announced that the show itself, "Hot 30," was formally canceled. Based on that statement, it appears that earlier reports that indicated "Hot 30" was cancelled were incorrect; the show had instead been suspended, as were the DJs.
On Dec. 4, Greig and Christian impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, when they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital in the early hours of the morning to ask about the condition of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Middleton had been hospitalized for severe morning sickness.
Saldanha was fooled, and who put them through to a colleague who -- in turn -- answered questions about Middleton's condition. Saldanha's body was found hanging in her room three days after the prank in an apparent suicide.
Both the show and the DJs were heavily criticized after the incident.