Radio Station Behind Prank to give $500,000 to Nurse Who Killed Herself!
An Australian radio station Tuesday pledged at least $500,000 in Australian dollars (US $523,600) to help the grieving family of a nurse duped by a royal prank phone call, after coming under sustained scrutiny over the hoax.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who fielded the hoax call from Sydney station 2Day FM to London’s King Edward VII Hospital, was found Friday after apparently committing suicide
The Indian-born mother-of-two put the call through to a colleague, who divulged details of the recovery of Prince William’s pregnant wife, Kate, from severe morning sickness.
The station initially suspended all advertising after the death but said it would resume Thursday, with all profits until the end of the year given to an “appropriate fund that will directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha”.
“We are very sorry for what has happened,” Rhys Holleran, chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo which owns the station, said in a statement. “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.”
In the wake of the death the company suspended all prank calls across its network and cancelled the show which ran the segment
Those are the facts…now my opinion.
The nurse in some opinion, including my own, overreacted. This could be because being Indian, she felt shamed and this drove her to that. Ultimately as fault though are the Australian DJ’s who pulled the prank.
Y’see, In the U.S of A, if I were to do that same prank I would face a huge fine from the FCC who rule states you cannot call another party and air that all without letting them know that the call will be broadcast. About 15 years or so ago, we did get fined for that exact same thing.
I feel for the nurse’s family. She was duped and took it too hard. It is very saddening to me that this happened.
The Radio people went about this in a very wrong way and now they have the guilt that will haunt them.
Bottom line, if you even in the smallest way think something isn’t right…then don’t do it. If those dj’s could rethink, they wouldn’t do it all over again. They got caught up in their own little moment.