Thursday 19 April 2018

DJ's award branded 'disgraceful'

The decision to bestow an award on one of the Australian DJs who made a prank call to the central London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated has been called "distasteful and disgraceful".

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after she took the call from Michael Christian and his colleague Mel Greig when they rang King Edward VII's Hospital where Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness in December.

Christian has won the internal "Next Top Jock" competition for DJs at his employer Southern Cross Austereo's (SCA) Today Network which aimed to find the "best in the land".

He was a joint winner and will be "jetting off to LA for a tour of KISS studios" in the wake of winning the title.

The decision to give the controversial DJ the award has sparked criticism in Australia and the UK.

Australian communications minister Stephen Conroy said it was "in bad taste".

Speaking to radio station 3AW, he said: "I think there's a bit of bad taste involved there.

"There was some very serious consequences of what was a prank and to be seen to be rewarding people so soon after such an event, I think is just in bad taste."

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said he agrees with Mr Conroy, and said giving an award to Christian was "distasteful and disgraceful".

Ms Saldanha's death three days after the phone call sparked a worldwide backlash against the 2Day FM DJs. The mother-of-two, from Bristol, answered the phone and put the pair - who were posing as the Prince of Wales and the Queen - through to a colleague who gave details of the Duchess's condition.

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