2Day FM Facebook page receives mixed reactions after Royal prank call hospital nurse diesBy Angel Cuala on Dec 9, 2012 in Australia, Europe •
Updated: December 10, 2012 7:50 p.m.
The official 2Day FM Facebook page is now receiving mixed reactions after the death of Jacintha Saldanha, the King Edward VII Hospital nurse who received the prank call from Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, which she transferred to Kate Middleton‘s room and was received by one of her nurses.
Mel Greig Michael and Christian of 2Day FM
Image Credit: Hot30 Countdown
As noted earlier by Daily Mail, Saldanha was found dead on Thursday, December 6, 2012, two days after Greig and Christian pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. The two radio DJs were able to talk to a nurse of Kate, who is now pregnant and was then being treated for “acute morning sickness.”
That day, a spokesman of the Royal family, King Edward VII Hospital, and 2Day FM radio have expressed their condolences to the family of Saldanha, who has been working in the hospital for four years as a nurse. Last Tuesday, she was the one who picked up the prank call since there was no receptionist on duty that time.
Apparently, Greig and Christian have already deleted their Twitter accounts and have not returned to their work on Hot30 Countdown radio show until further notice. The message on the 2Day FM Facebook page said that Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran has already talked to both of them.
Meanwhile, tons of Facebook users flocked to 2Day FM Facebook page and some have expressed their anger, particularly to Mel Greig and Michael Christian, adding that they should be fired from their job. However, there are also those who noted that the two DJs should not be blamed for Saldanha‘s death.
Below are some of the mixed reactions posted on the message on the 2Day FM Facebook page, which has more than 11,000 comments and over 1,700 ‘Likes’ as of this writing.
“The DJs should be fired. I am outrage. its against the law in the England to even speak to the Queen. if I was in the UK and and I spoke to the Queen before she spoke to me, I would be arrested!”
“The two DJs are disgrace to Australian people..They should be punished for making their country letting down…people around the world angry with their action..”
“Both of these individuals are now going to live with this for the rest of their lives. They are a disgrace to the Australian people.”
“Absolutely ridiculous mindset, its an absolute shame and a waste of life. You as a radio show should not only be ashamed but also be punished…….. reflect a sick mind…..”
“I honestly can not believe a lot of people comments . Although I don’t agree on prank calls being made to hospitals , I do not think that Mel and Michael are to blame. They did their jobs, had the approval to make the call, did not give out the nurses name , did not think the nurse would speak to them, they expected to be hung up on and clearly stated they had no clue what they were going to say.”
“How can Mel and Michael be blamed for what happened? It is a tragedy yes, but did they intend for this to happen? No. Were their intentions for malice? No. Could they, the radio station or anyone else foresee this happening? No. Should they be sacked? No. But should the radio station material be revised? Yes. It was a tragedy and now a line has been drawn for the future. The presenters, however, should not be blamed.
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