The Dec 4 prank phone call by Mel Greig and Michael Christian, two Australian DJs with 2Day FM, ended in the tragic suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse who worked at the hospital where Kate Middleton was hospitalized for acute morning sickness. On Feb. 1, the Daily Mail reported that the Crown Prosecution Service announced today that no charges will be brought against the DJs.
The pair called King Edward VII’s hospital and posed as the Queen and the Prince of Wales in order to get information about Kate or their radio show. Jacintha answered the call and then transferred it to a colleague who passed along basic but confidential information about Middleton’s condition. Jacintha was found hanged in her room a few days later causing many to blame the DJs.
After a thorough investigation, the CPS determined that the prank, however misguided, was intended as a prank and no malice was intended. Greig and Christian both still have jobs with the radio station although their Hot 30 has been permanently removed from the station’s airwaves. Their superiors are looking for other ways to put the pairs’ talents to use.
Both DJs were forced into hiding following the suicide of Saldanha because of death threats. Both offered tearful and seemingly sincere apologies on television. Both have expressed remorse over their actions while maintaining there was no way to foresee the course of events that ultimately unfolded.
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