Australian Royal prank DJ settles case, resigns
Sydney: An Australian DJ whose royal prank call to a London hospital resulted in the suicide of a nurse has settled her workplace lawsuit with the network and resigned.
Mel Greig also won a public concession from her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, that she had not been responsible for broadcasting the call and had suggested it be edited before being aired.
"Mel Greig wishes to make it clear that, as an announcer, she was not responsible for the decision to broadcast the hoax call," Austereo said in a statement published late Wednesday.
"Prior to the call being broadcast she made suggestions for changes to be made to the recording of the call. (Sydney radio station) 2Day FM decided that the call should be broadcast without alteration."
The network said it had "at all times taken complete responsibility for the hoax call" and "greatly regrets the unforeseeable tragic aftermath".
The concessions were made in an announcement from Austereo that it had "amicably resolved" an industrial tribunal case with Greig, who had filed a workplace safety complaint over the prank.
The DJ, who has been on an extended leave of absence, had also resigned effective December 31, Austereo said.
Greig endured a global backlash after the death of Indian-born hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found hanged three days after transferring a hoax call to staff caring for Prince William`s pregnant wife Kate Middleton.
Posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles on the phone, Greig and co-host Michael Christian, from Southern Cross Austereo, were able to get details of Middleton`s condition on air.
Austereo said it had contributed a "substantial" sum to a trust recently set up to help Saldanha`s family, adding that Greig "also wishes to pass on her personal condolences and regrets to the Saldanha family".
"Ms Greig intends to provide a statement to the UK coroner`s inquest and Southern Cross Austereo will continue to fully co-operate with the inquest," Austereo said.
The prank, which made global headlines, saw advertising suspended and both DJs taken off the air.
Greig`s co-host Christian took on a role at Melbourne`s Fox FM and was awarded a "Top Jock" gong and trip to Los Angeles by his bosses in June -- a move condemned as in poor taste by Australia`s government.
The chief of the prank call station came under fire in October after appearing to play down the incident at a shareholders` meeting, saying "shit happens".
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Zakir Naik's 'IRF' converted many to Islam?
- Is Zakir Naik's foundation converted many to Islam for monetary benefits?
- Is Zakir Naik's foundation converted many to Islam for monetary benefits?- Part II
- Why Pakistan commits heinous crime in Balochistan and POK?
- Why Pakistan commits heinous crime in Balochistan and POK?- Part II
- SHOCKING: Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil, abductors demand $36.5 m as ransom
- Badshah's Hindi cover of Justin Bieber’s 'Sorry' is out and, dayum, it's addictive!
- Subramanian Swamy wants discussion on Mahatma Gandhi killing in Rajya Sabha
- Mercedes-AMG SLC43 launched in India at Rs 77.5 lakh
- Two attackers 'neutralized', one hostage killed in France church attack