Former 2DayFM DJ Mel Greig has penned a reply to all those pesky journalists asking her to comment on ‘what not to do’ when reporting on royal baby number two reportedly due anytime.
On Wednesday B&T reported that bosses at 2DayFm had banned its presenters from mentioning anything to do with the pending new Royal as it was still embroiled in legal wranglings from the disastrous “prank” phone call that led to a British nurse taking her own life.
One of the presenters involved in the scandal at the time, Mel Greig, has written an open letter, for Rendezview, discussing what she wants to media to learn from her experience.
“Get a grip, don’t create a story . . . the story is already there . . . A precious baby is on its way and all you need to say is ‘CONGRATULATIONS,'” Greig wrote.
“I sat there and agreed to prank call a hospital to create a ‘unique angle’ — a harmless and stupid idea that sadly ended in tragedy, as we felt obliged to cover the pregnancy and to do it differently.
“It’s an amazing industry to work in, it really is. But for the first time I’m sitting on the outside looking in and I have to ask: Is the pressure from above becoming too much? Are we becoming careless and ruthless to chase a headline?”
“I’ve crossed the line too. But the difference is, I’ve learnt from it and I’ll continue to work in the media so I can help others to think before they act. You don’t need to be careless to create great content.”