Monday 21 October 2019

Station pledges $500,000 to nurse's family

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

The Australian radio station behind the prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital has said it will donate its profits for the rest of the year to the family of the nurse who apparently killed herself after taking the call.

The owners of Sydney's 2 Day FM said advertising on the station will resume from tomorrow but all profits until the end of the year will be donated to a fund for the family of Jacintha Saldanha, above left.

The minimum amount to be donated will be $A500,000 (€405,000).

The station has insisted the prank breached no laws despite media experts saying it appeared to have been in breach of both the commercial radio code and surveillance laws.

The station's owners, Southern Cross Media Group, suspended advertising after Ms Saldanha's death on Friday and has banned pranks across the company.

"It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time," said the company's head, Rhys Holleran.

The company has also announced it will cancel its Christmas party and will donate the $A13,000 (€10,530) bar tab to two groups that assist people with depression.

The two hosts who made the call, Mel Greig, above right, and Michael Christian, have been suspended and their show has been cancelled. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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