Monday, April 27, 2015

Aussie Radio: Royal Baby News Banned On 2DayFM

The arrival of the second royal baby is the most anticipated birth of the year - but Aussie radio station 2DayFM have been banned from reporting on it - at all.

The broadcaster came under fire in 2012 after two of its personalities prank-called the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for morning sickness while pregnant with Prince George.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian rang the King Edward VII hospital in London pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and unsuspecting nurse Jacintha Saldanha nurse put the call through to a colleague who was treating the Duchess.

Saldanha was later found hanged with cuts to her wrists. She also wrote an email to her colleague blaming herself for the hoax.

So now with Kate's second baby about to arrive any day, 2DayFM has called for a total blackout amid the legal wranglings surrounding the call.

According to The Mirror, a confidential email was circulated by bosses of parent company Southern Cross Austereo last week stating that 'under no circumstances' is the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William’s second child to be reported.

The edict comes as the broadcaster faces a licence suspension in the wake of the call and comes on the same day Australia's media watchdog ACMA released its ­report, which found 2DayFM breached the condition of its broadcast licence over the secret recording of a private conversation.

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