Two Australian radio DJs who made a prank call to a British hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate speak of their distress at the apparent suicide of the nurse who took their call. Greig and fellow presenter and prank mastermind Christian have been in hiding since Nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death and the subsequent social media outrage at their prank. Greig told Australian television her first thought when told of Saldanha's death was for her family.
Saldanha, 46, was found dead in staff accommodation near London's King Edward VII hospital on Friday after putting the hoax call through to a colleague who unwittingly disclosed details of Kate's morning sickness to 2DayFM's presenters.
A recording of the call, broadcast repeatedly by the station, rapidly became an internet hit and was reprinted as a transcript in many newspapers. But news of Saldanha's death sparked the Internet firestorm, with vitriolic comments towards the DJs on Facebook and Twitter.
Both Greig, 30, and Christian were relatively new to the station, with Greig joining in March and Christian having been in the job only a few days before the prank call after a career in regional radio. Greig said she did not think their prank would work.
The 2Day parent company Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has received more than 1,000 complaints from Australians over the actions of the popular presenters, who have both been taken off air during an broadcasting watchdog investigation.