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Radio DJs Face Potential Criminal Charges In Hoax That Left Nurse To Royal Couple Dead

December 10. 2012

Prince William and wife Kate Middleton leaving the hospital in London, England

Two disc jockeys from Australia's 2Day FM, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, tearfully apologized in televised interviews, over the suicide death of one of their hoax victims, Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse to Prince William's wife Kate Middleton. 

Jacintha Saldanha

Last week, Middleton was admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London, suffering from "severe morning sickness. The two DJs telephoned the hospital pretending to be Middleton's in-laws, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and were able to unlawfully extract patient information on Middleton. Saldanha was the one that put the call through.

 

Radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian after Jacintha Saldanha's death

Some pranks are funny, others are not. This one is the latter. For the record, there is nothing funny about unlawfully attempting to access another person's medical records/information. It is sad and regrettable Saldanha took her life over the incident, due to the negative publicity and embarrassment the prank provoked.

"DEADLY Royal Prank Call - Mel Greig, Michael Christian Causes Jacintha Saldanha's Suicide"

 

"First Interview With Mel Greig And Michael Christian"

 

It is now being stated, the disc jockeys could face potential criminal charges for unlawfully recording another individual. They should also face charges for illegally extracting a person's confidential medical information. There will most likely be a civil suit against the disc jockeys and the radio station as well.

Side Bar: On a personal note, I'm not fond of radio disc jockeys contacting people about serious situations under false pretenses. It is reckless and immature. As some of my readers will recall, a DJ from Nova's 919 pop music radio station in Australia contacted me about the Madonna case and lied about his true intent for wanting me on the show. He deliberately withheld pertinent information, such as the fact Madonna and her label sponsored and arranged the radio segment on her they tried to lure me into, which was to and did feature her family and friends, of which I am neither.

I also found out after I declined the show invite, the station is co-owned by Rupert Murdoch's son, Lachlan Murdoch (Illyria Pty Ltd). As many of you know, I was the first to break the phone hacking scandal via a police complaint I filed with the Metropolitan Police in 2005 (Rupert Murdoch's News Corp). So I guess the radio show stunt was payback regarding me going to the police, erm, but I ended up turning down the show and clowning the DJ online, which ticked him off no end *blows kiss at.*   

Email to me from Nova 919's Hans

I am a victim of crime at the hands of Madonna and Murdoch. I don't find anything about the case remotely amusing or funny. After all that has been done to me, they saw it fit to harass a victim of crime with a radio show, which is nothing short of sick. My dad's a radio DJ with over 20-years experience on air. My aunt is also a radio personality of many years. Quality broadcasting is good music, relevant news, human interest features of public interest and innocuous, humorous banter. Not harassing innocent members of the public in situations that can negatively impact a human life.  

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