The Australian radio show at the center of the prank call controversy to Kate Middleton’s hospital last December has been officially cancelled by its network and a new program will fill its nightly time slot, according to the British newspaper the Guardian.
The hosts who perpetrated the hoax, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, were taken off air in December following the death of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at London’s King Edward VII Hospital. Saldana put their call through to another nurse who revealed details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s health on air, reported the Guardian. Three days later, she was found dead after apparently committing suicide.
During the call, the hosts pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, calling to inquire about Kate’s health. The nurse caring for her revealed personal information about the Duchess’s medical condition, according to Agence France-Presse.
The prank call triggered a massive backlash against the Australian station 2Day FM and hosts Christian and Greig because they did not gain consent from the nurses involved before broadcasting their voices on air, according to the Guardian.
Following the incident Southern Cross Austereo, which owns 2Day FM, “suspended all prank calls, pulled advertising and ordered a comprehensive review of relevant policies and process,” CNN reported.