Posted on Mon Dec 10, 2012 07:49 AM PDT
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), who owns 2Day FM, says they have "terminated" the Australian radio show and plan to implement "a company-wide suspension of prank calls," after the tragedy that occurred last week.
On December 4, 2DayFM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the King Edward VII hospital pretending to be Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, and Jacintha Saldanha, who had been caring for Middleton during her stay, fell for the prank. Saldanha then passed them on to another nurse, who gave away confidential details about the pregnant Duchess. Just three days later, Saldanha was found dead, and authorities suspect that she took her own life.
SCA added that it still feels "deep regret" for the death of Saldanha and they "take the events of the last few days very seriously." SCA added that they have suspended all advertising on 2Day FM until further notice, and though they don't believe they broke the law by making the calls, they will cooperate with any police investigation.
Before they were suspended, TMZ reports that the DJs were bragging about the call, but on Monday they went on TV to apologize for their actions, admitting that they're "shattered, gutted, heartbroken," after learning of Saldanha's death.
When asked about learning of Saldanha's death, Greig said, "Unfortunately I remember that moment very well, because I haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened. I remember my first question was 'Was she a mother?' I've wanted to just reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say sorry. I hope they're okay, I really do. I hope they get through this."
Christian added, "I hope that they get the love, the support, the care that they need, you know."
Saldanha left behind a husband, Ben Barboza, and two young children.
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