Update: The new spin is that the pranksters are “in hiding” and freaking out.
The two Australian DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are off the air for the time being but won’t be fired for scamming a nurse into blabbing about Kate Middleton‘s condition. UK Telegraph. The nurse committed suicide two days later. UK Daily Mail.
The Australian radio station owner refused to say whether the British nurse gave permission to the jocks to record that “lazy and artless” prank call that rendered the nurse “inconsolable and distraught.” Nearly 5,000 outraged people have signed a petition demanding the duo be fired.
“We followed procedure and we’re satisfied that procedure was met. We’re confident we’ve broken no rules. Prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades. They’re done worldwide.” Sydney Morning Herald.
(h/t Sydney Morning Herald)
My radio career started in 1971 at an ABC O&O in Detroit (WXYZ) where prank calls were a staple of legendary morning personality Dick Purtan.
Dick and his sidekick Tom Ryan recorded and broadcast hundreds of calls with clueless targets.
Should the Australian jocks be fired?
Related: Jacintha Saldanha’s teenage daughter on Facebook: “I miss you.” The 46-year old nurse was married with two children. NYDN.