Nurse death 'unforseeable, regrettable': radio station

9th December 2012, Comments 0 comments

An Australian radio station at the centre of the British royal prank call scandal Sunday said the tragic death of a nurse was "unforeseeable" and vowed to review its broadcasting processes.

Executives at Southern Cross Austereo, owners of 2Day FM, held an emergency meeting to consider a letter from London's King Edward VII's Hospital chairman Lord Simon Glenarthur, protesting the "appalling" hoax.

"We are all saddened by the events of the last few days. They are truly tragic," their reply to Glenarthur said, according to Australian Associated Press.

"It is too early to know the full details leading to this tragic event and we are anxious to review the results of any investigation that may be made available to us or made public.

"We can assure you that we will be fully cooperative with all investigations," it added.

"As we have said in our own statements on the matter, the outcome was unforeseeable and very regrettable. I can assure you we are taking immediate action and reviewing the broadcast and processes involved."

Britain has reacted with horror to the death of mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, who is believed to have taken her own life after she was duped by two 2Day FM presenters seeking news on Prince William's wife Kate's pregnancy.

She was found dead on Friday, days after she answered a call at the hospital from hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian, posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles.

There was no receptionist on duty and Saldanha put them through to a colleague who divulged details of Kate's recovery from severe morning sickness.


© 2012 AFP

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