Monday, December 10, 2012

Radio 2Day FM Personalities Getting Counseling

Anger and outrage continued to grow over the weekend after two Australian radio hosts made a prank call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was being treated for acute morning sickness.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the hosts of the 2Day FM show, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, talked their way past a nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, to get information on the duchess’s condition last Tuesday. The stunt drew worldwide attention, although Ms. Saldanha, 46, the mother of two, was found dead on Friday in a suspected suicide.

Rhys Holleran, the network’s chief executive, told reporters that the hosts were “understandably incredibly distraught, too, and we’re concerned for both their well-being.”

The International Herald-Tribune quoted the company as saying it was providing intensive psychological counseling to Ms. Greig and Mr. Christian.

Thousands of pointed complaints were posted on social media sites, advertisers pulled their spots from the show and the hospital’s chairman assailed the radio network. The two hosts have been taken off the air and told not to comment, and they have reportedly disabled their Twitter accounts.

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